Zoo and Aquarium Statistics

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ZOO AND AQUARIUM STATISTICS




Here are up-to-date numbers for some of the most widely used AZA statistics.

Last updated April 3, 2014.

Annual Survey Results

AZA members (Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, and Primary Contacts of Conservation Partner, Commercial, Related Facility and Institution Members) may log in and download the results of the most recent AZA Annual Survey of Members.

AZA members (Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, and Primary Contacts of Conservation Partner, Commercial, Related Facility and Institution Members) may log in and download the results of the "Listening to Our Friends" Membership Survey.

Accreditation

-- 224 accredited zoos and aquariums in 7 countries

  • USA: 213 in 47 states
  • Canada: 4
  • Mexico: 3
  • Argentina: 1
  • Bahamas: 1
  • Bermuda: 1
  • Hong Kong: 1

-- 12 certified related facilities
-- Accreditation occurs every 5 years
-- Approximately 25 institutions undergo the accreditation process every 6 months

Types of Accredited Institutions

-- 139 zoos
-- 39 aquariums
-- 10 both zoo and aquariums
-- 18 safari and theme parks
-- 15 science and nature centers
-- 2 aviaries
-- 1 butterfly house

-- 54% non-profit
-- 35% public
-- 11% for-profit

Animals in AZA-Accredited Institutions

-- 751,931 animals
-- 6,000 species
-- 1,000 threatened or endangered species

Conservation

$160 million spent in support of conservation projects every year

Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program
-- 319 Species Survival Plans®
-- 272 additional Studbooks

43 endangered species reintroduction programs

AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund
-- $6.1 million supporting 339 conservation projects since 1991

Wildlife Contraception Center
-- Supports SSP® programs by monitoring the safety and efficacy of contraceptives used for all mammalian species and helping bring new contraceptive methods to the zoo, aquarium and wildlife community

AZA Population Management Center
-- Population planning for 500 species for the next 100 years

Economy

-- Accredited zoos and aquarium contribute $16 billion to U.S. economy annually
-- Support 142,000 jobs
-- Serve more than 181 million annual visitors

Informal Science Education

-- 50 million children visitors with families (annually)
-- 12 million student learners on field trips (annually)
-- 400,000 teachers trained in informal science education methods over the last decade

AZA Professional Development

-- Approximately 3,000 zoo and aquarium professionals educated in last five years
-- 16 in-person courses, including six offered for credit through George Mason University’s Zoo and Aquarium Leadership Program