Board-Approved Policies and Position Statements

Animal Management

Non-native Invasive Species
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2003

AZA Policy on Responsible Population Management
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors on January 12, 2016

Sustainability Considerations for Developing an Aquatic Invertebrate & Fish Collection Plan
Position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2016

Sustainability Considerations for Developing an Aquatic Invertebrate & Fish Collection Plan White Paper
White paper supporting the position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2016

Animal Programs

Full Participation in the Species Survival Plan Program
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2009

Sustainability Partner Policy in the Species Survival Plan Program
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2009; updated in 2014; updated in 2018

Species Survival Plan Animal Program Reconciliation
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2009

Conservation

AZA Board Resolution
Resolution approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2013

Drive Fisheries
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2004

Climate Change
Position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2013

Climate Change White Paper
White paper supporting the position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2013

Illegal Wildlife Trade
Position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2020. 

Palm Oil
Position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2014

Rattlesnake Roundups
Position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 1999

Reintroduction of Animals Born or Held in Captivity
Guidelines approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 1992

Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion Policy
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2016

Statement on Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity
Position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2020

Ethics

Code of Professional Ethics
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 1976

Health, Husbandry, & Welfare

Personal Possession of Non-Human Primates White Paper
White paper approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2015

Animal Contact with the General Public
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 1997

Presentation of Animals
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2008

Ambassador Animals
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2011

Apes in Media and Commercial Performances
White paper approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2008

Inbreeding for Rare Alleles
White paper approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2011

Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance
Guidelines approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2003

Research and Technology

AZA Research Priorities
White paper approved by the AZA Board of Directors in March 2012

Evolution
Position statement approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2006

Safety

Maximizing Occupational Safety of Elephant Care Professionals
Policy updated by the AZA Board of Directors in 2014

Membership

Resolution on R. Marlin Perkins Award Recipients
Resolution made by the AZA Board of Directors in 2020


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