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We envision a world where all people respect, value, and conserve wildlife and wild places.

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About the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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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We're changing lives

Our Collective Impact

214 accredited facilities in 45 US states, plus 16 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 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 208,000 jobs in the US.

AZA-accredited facilities serve more than 195 million visitors each year.

Our Mission

AZA-accredited facilities spend $216 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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African penguin | Saving Animals From Extinction

African penguin

Asian Elephant | Saving Animals From Extinction

Asian Elephant

Black Rhinoceros | Saving Animals From Extinction

Black Rhinoceros

Cheetah | Saving Animals From Extinction


Gorilla | Saving Animals From Extinction


Sea Turtle | Saving Animals From Extinction

Sea Turtle

Sharks | Saving Animals From Extinction


Vaquita | Saving Animals From Extinction


Western Pond Turtle | Saving Animals From Extinction

Western Pond Turtle

Whooping Crane | Saving Animals From Extinction

Whooping Crane

MARCH 2018 


The increasing focus on water conservation among AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums has resulted in a wide array of strategies—large and small—to reduce the cost and consumption of this precious resource.

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