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AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums undergo a thorough review that includes a detailed accreditation application as well as a multiple day on-site inspection by a team of experts from around the country. Learn more about how AZA Accreditation works.

March 2015 Accreditation Results

AZA is pleased to announce the results of the Accreditation Commission hearings held in March 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina.

We would like to welcome one new member institution: Discovery Cove, Orlando, Fla.

Accredited for another cycle were Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif.; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz.; Caldwell Zoo, Tyler, Texas; Charles Paddock, Zoo, Atascadero, Calif.; Disney's Animal Kingdom, Bay Lake, Fla.; Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla.; Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Knoxville, Tenn.; Landry's Downtown Aquarium - Denver, Denver, Colo.; Landry's Downtown Aquarium - Houston, Houston, Texas; Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.; Newport Aquarium, Newport, Ky.; San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Calif.; San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, Calif.; Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, Santa Barbara, Calif.; SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.; SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, Calif.; St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, Fla.; Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, Fla.; and Zoo Miami, Miami, Fla.

Certified for another cycle was Lubee Bat Conservancy, Gainesville, Fla.

Update: 2015 Accreditation Standards

The 2015 edition of the Accreditation Standards and Related Policies is now available.  For all other current accreditation materials click here!

Animal Care Manuals

Accreditation standard 1.2.1 requires institutions to have copies of all approved AZA Animal Care Manuals (ACMs) for species within their collections, and to ensure that all animal care staff has access to them. For more information and a list of approved ACMs, click here.

Upcoming Reviews

We welcome your comments regarding the AZA members and prospective members under review for accreditation or certification at the next meeting of the AZA Accreditation Commission.

Accreditation Resource Center

Please be sure to visit our Accreditation Resource Center for sample documents and policies required for accreditation!

AAM Offers Streamlined Accreditation Process For AZA-Accredited Institutions

The American Alliance of Museums and AZA have collaborated on a streamlined AAM accreditation process for institutions that are accredited by AZA. Please click here for the related news release, and here for an FAQ sheet.

Accreditation Rack Cards for Visitors

Show your visitors what your AZA accreditation means! Download the Accreditation Rack Card.