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.
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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.
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums provides its members with the services, high standards, best practices, and program coordination to be leaders in animal welfare, public engagement, and the conservation of species.
AZA-accredited facilities spend $160 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.
On 20 January 2017, a 49-year-old white rhino named Alfred took his last breath. A resident of the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va., he was euthanized after a long struggle with arthritis and other age-related ailments. The decision was not made lightly; several parties—from vet staff to keepers to curators—had met and been discussing his declining health.
“We started to see signs of him moving slower in October , shifting on and off exhibits more slowly, as well as a decrease in his activity level,” said Jennifer McNamara, the Zoo’s lead Africa keeper.
That same month, vets conducted a procedure—complete with anesthesia—to get a closer look. Although a definitive diagnosis wasn’t reached, it seemed that one of Alfred’s hind legs was giving him the most trouble.