Pathway Toward Membership Program

Organizations interested in applying for AZA-accreditation or certification should start by reviewing and understanding the standards. If becoming AZA-accredited or certified is a priority and your organization is planning to submit an application within the next five years, the Pathway Toward Membership program (PDF) might be an option to consider. Formerly known as AZA’s mentoring program, the new Pathway toward Membership is a service agreement between AZA and non-members to help them prepare for readiness to submit an application for Accreditation or Certification. Organizations interested in obtaining a peer consultant, also known as a Coach, assigned by AZA to help them work toward accreditation should contact AZA’s Membership Department. For questions specifically related to the accreditation process, contact AZA’s Accreditation Department.

The following facilities are recognized as participants in the Pathway Toward Membership program:

  • Baton Rouge Zoo
  • Belle Isle Aquarium
  • Chehaw Zoo
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Cox Science Center & Aquarium
  • Edmonton Valley Zoo
  • Emirates Park Zoo
  • Erie Zoo
  • Flint RiverQuarium
  • Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • Gulf World Marine Park
  • Hattiesburg Zoo
  • High Desert Museum
  • Little Ray's Nature Centre - Syracuse
  • Magnetic Hill Zoo & Park
  • Marineland Dolphin Adventure - Achieved accreditation in April 2022!
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Mississippi Aquarium
  • Orlando Science Center
  • Parc Omega
  • Patronato Del Parque Zoologico De Leon
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Safari Lake Geneva
  • Safari West Wildlife Preserve
  • Salisbury Zoological Park
  • Santa Ana Zoo
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii
  • Shreveport Aquarium
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • The Green Planet
  • World Bird Sanctuary
  • Zoológico Guadalajara
  • Zoo Sauvage Of St. Felicien
As of January 2023
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