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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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July 2016

Roaring Forward: How the San Diego Zoo Got From There to Here

San Diego Zoo Global in San Diego, Calif., is celebrating a tremendous milestone this year: its centennial—100 years of dedication to protecting wildlife and wild places.  It was in 1916 when a San Diego physician by the name of Dr. Harry Wegeforth was driving down Sixth Avenue with his brother, Paul, after the close of the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, and they heard a lion roaring in Balboa Park. It was a moment of inspiration—Dr. Wegeforth turned to his brother and said, “Wouldn’t it be splendid if San Diego had a zoo? You know, I think I’ll start one.” The rest is history—100 years of trials and triumphs, innovation and vision, extraordinary people and amazing animals, coming together to build San Diego Zoo Global.

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