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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.

September 2014 Accreditation Results

AZA is pleased to announce the results of the Accreditation Commission hearings held in September 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

We would like to welcome five new member institutions: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster, Colo.; Dolphin Island, Sentosa Island, Singapore; S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa Island, Singapore; and SEA LIFE Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas.

Accredited for another cycle were Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, Mich.; Bramble Park Zoo, Watertown, S.D.; Central Park Zoo, New York, N.Y.; Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw, Mich.; Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, Ohio; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, Mass.; Greenville Zoo, Greenville, S.C.; Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, Pa.; Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend, Ind.; Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Queens Zoo, Queens, N.Y.; Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, Mo.; Salisbury Zoological Park, Salisbury, Md.; Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kan.; Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island, N.Y.; Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco, Calif.; Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah's Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah; Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Wash.; and, Zoo de Granby, Granby, Quebec, Canada.

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.