We envision a world where all people respect, value, and conserve wildlife and wild places.
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.
Use our Find a Zoo or Aquarium feature to find an accredited facility near you.
214 accredited facilities in 45 US states, plus 18 in 8 other countries
Population planning for 500 species for the next 100 years.
Approximately 800,000 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 500 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 208,000 jobs in the US.
AZA-accredited facilities serve more than 195 million visitors each year.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums helps its members and the animals in their care thrive by providing services advancing animal welfare, public engagement and the conservation of wildlife.
AZA-accredited facilities spend $220 million a year in support of conservation projects.
“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.”
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.
Nature play began to gain traction in the early 2000s and is defined as unstructured play in nature. Research shows dramatic developmental benefits for children who engage in nature play, and also how children in underserved communities are significantly disadvantaged when compared with more wealthy families who live close to hiking trails and parks.
Read article More from Connect Magazine