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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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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.

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

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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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october 2016

The Conservation Grants Fund – More than the Sum of its Parts 

Every year since 1984, nearly 200 commercial, accredited, certified related and individual members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) express their commitment to their AZA colleagues to help save species, improve animal management and push the limits of engaging communities by contributing to the Conservation Grants Fund (CGF). This flagship fund was established explicitly to support the AZA community’s conservation-related scientific and educational endeavors and began awarding grants in 1991.

Over the past 25 years, the CGF has provided AZA members with more than $7 million for 389 projects around the world, with grant funds nearly matched by The Walt Disney Company and Disney Conservation Fund.  Over the years, these grants have been leveraged wisely and their impacts have often resonated for years.

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