Conservation is a priority for AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and is a key component of their missions. Evolving Accreditation Standards and Board-approved policies support this objective. 

Whether saving species on the brink of extinction or ensuring species never reach such a precarious state, visitors can trust that AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are working hard to protect wildlife and wild habitat for future generations to enjoy.

AZA and Animal Program Conservation Initiatives

As a member services organization, AZA and it Animal Programs create or support the development of numerous tools, partnerships, and specialized conservation initiatives to advance animal conservation initiatives and strategies. Read more about the conservation and science initiatives of AZA and its Animal Programs.

Annual Report on Conservation and Science

Each year, AZA publishes an Annual Report on Conservation and Science to summarize the conservation activities of the AZA community. 

Field Conservation

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are helping to save species, as well as coordinate, participate in, and provide financial support to projects that directly impact wildlife and wild places. Read more about AZA members’ field conservation activities.

Green Business Practices

Responsible resource conservation can lessen the threats to wildlife posed by habitat loss and degradation and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are taking a leading role in conserving the natural resources utilized in their business operations. Read more about AZA members’ green business practices.


Scientific research is a trademark of the modern zoo and aquarium and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums conduct or facilitate research that explores animal care, health, welfare, and management; species and habitat conservation; animal biology; and conservation education and public engagement. Read more about AZA members’ mission-focused research efforts.

FrogWatch USA

AZA invites individuals, groups, and families to participate in FrogWatch USA, the Association's citizen science program. Join a local chapter and be part of a nationwide community of volunteers learning about wetlands in their communities and reporting which frogs and toads are calling in the evenings.

Conservation Funding

Looking for financial support for your conservation activities? Learn about AZA's Conservation Grants Fund, grant opportunities offered by AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, and other conservation funding sources for which AZA members may be eligible to apply.

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