Membership Levels

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Become an Individual Member

Professional Associate

Designed for individuals employed by, or actively seeking employment in, zoos or aquariums who support the mission, vision, and goals of AZA. This category is available to those who share a non-commercial professional interest such as volunteers and docents and those in related fields like conservation, academia, and government.

Professional Affiliate

Employees of an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium, Related Facility, Conservation Partner, or Commercial Member are eligible to apply for Professional Affiliate and access upgraded benefits.

Professional Fellow

Employees in a management capacity at an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium, Related Facility, or Conservation Partner (supporting society of an AZA-accredited Institution) are eligible. Professional Fellow members are provided the opportunity to not only support the mission of AZA, but also to help shape policy, guide the Association in the future, and signify themselves as a leader in the field.

Student

New in 2013! Individuals not working full-time at a zoo or aquarium, the Student category is designed for individuals preparing for a career in zoos and aquariums and are enrolled full-time or part-time in a degree-granting college or university.

Friend

New in 2013! In addition to membership categories for professionals working in zoos and aquariums and students, a new category is available for for those who share the conservation mission of the AZA but arenotworking at a zoo  or aquarium.

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Become an Organizational Member

Commercial Members and Commercial Members With Animals

Companies who are product or service providers or consultants and share an interest in zoos and aquariums may apply for Commercial membership. Those product and service providers who own or hold animals are required to apply for Commercial Member With Animals membership. All Commercial members have access to a variety of products and services that enhance the ability to reach zoos, aquariums, and zoo/aquarium professionals.

Conservation Partners

Organizations that support the vision mission and goals of zoos and aquariums, then it can apply for Conservation Partner. Conservation Partners can be, but are not limited to, societies directly associated with Institution Members of AZA, conservation groups, university zoology departments, and other organizations without a permanent wildlife collection.

Certified Related Facilities

Represent facilities that maintain both a professional staff and a more-than-token collection of wildlife, providing the collection with appropriate care, but is not open to the public on a regularly scheduled, predictable basis. This includes, but is not limited to, wildlife parks, wildlife refuges, rehabilitation centers, research organizations, sanctuaries, survival centers, educational organizations, and nature centers. Related Facilities must be certified to become members of AZA.

Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Represent zoological parks or aquariums that maintain both a professional staff and a more-than-token collection of wildlife, providing the collection with appropriate care, exhibiting them in an aesthetic manner on a regularly scheduled, predictable basis. Accredited Institution members have as their primary business the exhibition, conservation, and preservation of the earth's fauna in an educational and scientific manner. Zoos and aquariums must be accredited to become members of AZA.

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