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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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Our Collective Impact


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.

Our Mission


AZA-accredited facilities spend $220 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

Cheetah

 
Gorilla | Saving Animals From Extinction

Gorilla

 
Sea Turtle | Saving Animals From Extinction

Sea Turtle

 
Sharks | Saving Animals From Extinction

Sharks

 
Vaquita | Saving Animals From Extinction

Vaquita

 
Western Pond Turtle | Saving Animals From Extinction

Western Pond Turtle

 
Whooping Crane | Saving Animals From Extinction

Whooping Crane

December 2018 

Julie Larsen Maher of WCS Wins 2018 AZA Photo Contest

Julie Larsen Maher of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, N.Y., has won the 2018 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Photo Contest with her shot of the Malayan tiger, Azul, pausing a moment in the midst of playing at the Bronx Zoo. 

Her career at the Wildlife Conservation Society spans 27 years. She was hired in 1991 as art director for WCS publications. Thirteen years later, Julie became the WCS staff photographer—the 6th person and first woman to hold that position since the organization was founded in 1895.

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