Construction of the African Elephant Crossing exhibit at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
American Zoos and Aquariums Contribute $16.0 Billion to EconomyJun 1, 2011
Silver Spring, MD– Zoos and aquariums around the country
generate significant economic benefits locally, regionally and nationally,
according to a new analysis conducted by nationally recognized economist, Dr.
Stephen Fuller, for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
aquariums are important economic engines,” said Jim Maddy, President and CEO of
AZA. “Not only are AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums deeply committed to
science education and wildlife conservation, but they generate jobs and support
According to the
by zoos and aquariums for operations and capital projects generate significant
economic benefits for their host jurisdictions. These benefits build from the
initial outlays, as they are re-spent across the breadth of the economy. These benefits accumulate and expand the
economy’s total output as measured by their contributions to Gross Domestic
Product and respective Gross State Products.
These benefits also generate new personal earnings to the benefit of
workers residing in the host jurisdictions and support job growth locally,
regionally and nationally.”
economic impact of the 212 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in the U.S. as they
serve more than 179 million annual visitors is as follows:
- $16.0 billion in
economic activity (contribution to GDP);
- $4.7 billion in
personal earnings (salaries and wages); and
- 142,000 jobs.
A copy of Dr.
Fuller’s report can be downloaded as a PDF.
Founded in 1924,
the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education,
science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or
aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to
providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better
future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife
conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For
more information, please visit www.aza.org.
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