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We envision a world where all people respect, value, and conserve wildlife and wild places.

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Leaders in Animal Care, Conservation, and Family Fun

AZA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA represents more than 200 institutions which meet the highest standards in animal care, provide a fun and educational family experience, and dedicate millions of dollars to scientific research, conservation, and education programs.

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Our Collective Impact


215 accredited facilities in 47 US states, plus 15 in 8 other countries


Population planning for 500 species for the next 100 years.


Approximately 750,000 animals in the care of AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium professionals.


Approx 6,000 different species in AZA-accredited facilities.


1,000 threatened or endangered species in AZA-accredited zoos & aquariums


More than 450 Species Survival Plan® Programs under 46 Taxon Advisory Groups


12 million student learners per year on field trips


AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums provide around 176,000 jobs in the US.


AZA-accredited facilities serve more than 183 million visitors each year.

Our Mission


AZA-accredited facilities spend $160 million a year in support of conservation projects.

Membership makes a difference.

“In any business, you want to be the best at what you do in your field.  Being an AZA member places me and the institution I work for in the top category for zoos & aquariums.”

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The mission of SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction is to combine the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of AZA members and partners to save animals from extinction.

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African penguin | Saving Animals From Extinction

African penguin

 
Asian Elephant | Saving Animals From Extinction

Asian Elephant

 
Black Rhinoceros | Saving Animals From Extinction

Black Rhinoceros

 
Cheetah | Saving Animals From Extinction

Cheetah

 
Gorilla | Saving Animals From Extinction

Gorilla

 
Sea Turtle | Saving Animals From Extinction

Sea Turtle

 
Sharks | Saving Animals From Extinction

Sharks

 
Vaquita | Saving Animals From Extinction

Vaquita

 
Western Pond Turtle | Saving Animals From Extinction

Western Pond Turtle

 
Whooping Crane | Saving Animals From Extinction

Whooping Crane

March 2017 

Parting With Plastics

Disposable plastics are everywhere and can have devastating impacts on wildlife. Since mass production started in 1950, plastics have permeated our world at a frenetic pace with roughly 300 million tons manufactured worldwide in 2013.  It is estimated that between 10 and 20 million tons of plastic debris end up in the oceans each year. Roughly 80 percent of that comes from land sources. Although it seems daunting, there are steps that can be taken to reduce our plastic footprint. Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facilities have a unique opportunity to lead by example. The opportunity lies in doing what is right by our conservation missions, educating visitors and initiating change along our facilities’ supply chains.

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