AZA Member Resources for COVID-19 

Industry and operations resources, including USDA resources, from ZAHP. 

Educational resources and live online events can be added on our public page

Communications Resources (Dropbox) including resources for reaching out to legislators, and communications toolkits. 

There are several AZA Network Groups available to members and non-members:

  • COVID-19 Resource Group (open to all, an AZA web account needed)
  • Reopening (open to AZA Professional members, as well as Commercial, Conservation and Society Partner members)

AS well as several closed groups that are having valuable discussions (these require employment at an AZA-accredited facility or AZA professional membership):

  • All Hazards Response
  • Ambassador Animals
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations/Communications
  • Social Media
  • Volunteer Management

The PMC, APM Committee, and others have compiled a resource for managing animal populations during this time period. 

Government Affairs Resources


AZA Request Letters

Support of priority Phase 1 (b) essential workers to include animal care professionals at zoos and aquariums (12/1/20)

AZA Request Letter – House and Senate Leadership (8/6/20)

AZA Request Letter – House and Senate Leadership (6/17/20)

AZA Request Letter – Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations (5/7/20)

AZA Request Letter – Interior Appropriations (5/5/20)

Museum Community Letters

COVID-relief priorities (7/13/20)

Comments to The Fed (6/22/20)

Comments to Small Business Administration (5/15/20)

COVID-relief priorities (4/6/20)

$4 billion request (3/18/20)

Letters of Support

Representatives Lowenthal (D-CA) and Young (R-AK) Support Letter (9/15/20)

Chambers of Commerce Support Letter (8/6/20)

Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Murphy (D-CT) Support Letter (8/4/20)

Senate Museums Support Letter (5/29/20)

House Museums Support Letter (4/16/20)

Senate Museums Support Letter (3/23/20)

Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2021 and COVID Relief Legislation 

Text and Summary Documents (12/21/20)

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Zoo Advisors: COVID Resources for Zoos and Aquariums

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Text

Section-by-Section Summary – CARES Act

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Summary

CARES Act—Tax Relief for Individuals and Businesses (Congressional Research Service)

Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the CARES Act (Congressional Research Service)

Federal Agency Resources

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SBA) 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Informational Webinar 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Frequently Asked Questions 

Cross Program Eligibility on SBA Coronavirus Relief Options Entity Registration Training Video (SBA)

U.S. Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus Resources

Institute of Museum and Library Services Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Treasury Department Summary - CARES Act Assistance to State and Local Governments

Advocacy and Social Media Resources 

Consider a @mention to your legislators in the messages below:

Do you love [your zoo/aquarium's star animal]? Help them! Ask Congress to include aquariums and zoos in the next round of emergency relief funding to continue our work to save wildlife. #HelpZoos #HelpAquariums

Our work of conservation, education, and providing specialized care for our animals never ends. Make your voice heard to help zoos and aquariums survive these difficult times. #helpzoos #HelpAquariums Please RT.

Tell Congress we need help to care for our amazing animals, keep our wonderful staff, and continue wildlife rescue and recovery. We know we can count on champions like you to make some noise. Contact leaders now! #helpzoos #HelpAquariums

Tile photo credit: © John G. Shedd Aquarium

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