AZA Schools

Professional Training Course Scholarships

Scholarships are available to cover tuition, travel, and other costs associated with attending AZA's professional training courses. The application deadline is July 17, 2015.


Nature Play

AZA Launches TailsUp! App

TailsUp! is a game developed by AZA to help connect kids and families with nature. It's free to download; proceeds from in-app purchases support our conservation work. Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

FrogWatch USA

FrogWatch USA Featured on SciGirls

Get inspired to become a FrogWatch USA citizen scientist! Watch four dynamic middle-school girls participate at the Saint Louis Zoo on "Frog Whisperers," a new episode in PBS KIDS’ Emmy Award-winning TV series SciGirls.

Connect June 2015

Connect Magazine | July 2015

Teaming Up for Radiated Tortoises

Soccer and the radiated tortoise. A fast-paced game and a slow-moving animal. It’s hard to see an obvious link between the two until you hear about an exciting partnership between Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Turtle Survival Alliance and the One World Play Project. Soccer for Sokake (the Malagasy word for the radiated tortoise) is one successful component of a comprehensive public awareness and education campaign designed to promote tortoise conservation in Madagascar. Read more (Member login required) (Photo: Young girl holding a radiated tortoise in Madagascar © Aaron Gekoski)

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AZA Animals

Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium

Our newly rebranded website AZA Animals invites kids and families to meet the animals of AZA-accredited institutions, support the AZA community's conservation work, and develop connections with nature. Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium is a collaboration between AZA and The Walt Disney Company that invites accredited zoos and aquariums to expand their commitment to connecting families to nature – and encourages families to get out and play, at a zoo or aquarium or anywhere outdoors. Read more about the importance of nature play and the important role of zoos & aquariums