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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 2016 Accreditation Results

AZA is pleased to announce the results of the Accreditation Commission hearings held in March 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.

We would like to welcome four new member institutions: Museum of Life and Science, Durham, N.C., SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, Tempe, Ariz., Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Canada, and Zoológico de Cali, Cali, Colombia.

Accredited for another cycle were Africam Safari Park, Pubela, Mexico; Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla.; Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, Calif.; California Science Center, Los Angeles, Calif.; Cameron Park Zoo, Waco, Texas; CuriOdyssey, San Mateo, Calif.; Ellen Trout Zoo, Lufkin, Texas; Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, Calif.; Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, San Jose, Calif.; Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, Fla.; Naples Zoo, Naples, Fla.; New England Aquarium, Boston, Mass.; Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Ore.; Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; San Francisco Zoological Society & Gardens, San Francisco, Calif.; Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi, Texas  

Certified for another cycle were Audubon Species Survival Center, New Orleans, La.; International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Rhome, Texas; Myakka City Lemur Reserve, Myakka City, Fla.; Turtle Conservancy, Ojai, Calif.


Quarter Century Award

The AZA Accreditation Quarter Century Award  is a NEW award that recognizes 25 years of continuous accreditation, AZA's gold standard for zoo & aquarium quality.  The initial group of awardees is quite numerous and includes all institutions that have achieved AT LEAST 25 years of continuous accreditation, many of which are well beyond that point.  The award consists of a faux-stone plaque that can be displayed outdoors or in, and a .PNG file for use as desired.  Click here to view the inaugural group of awardees. Congratulations to all of these institutions for their long-time commitment to excellence!


Update: 2016 Accreditation Standards 

The 2016 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.