It's time again to share your successes and exceptional work and nominate your programs for AZA Honors and Awards. The 2018 Applications and Guidelines for each award are available on the individual award pages listed on the right of this page. All applications are due at the end of the day on Friday, June 1, 2018. Winning applications from the past few years can be found on the individual pages as well and accessed with your member log-in.
New this year! A cash award for TOP HONORS in the International Conservation category—again thanks to the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation. The North American Conservation TOP HONORS award will also receive this generous award from the Foundation.
The awards will be presented at the 2018 AZA Annual Conference (September 23- 27) in Seattle, Washington hosted by the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo.
Also due on June 1 are the nominations for these individual awards:
And New This Year!
Animal Welfare Lifetime Achievement Award
The applications and guidelines for the 2018 SSP Awards are here and the deadline has been extended to January 26, 2018.
Feel free to contact Barbara Pueschel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Vice President of Planning & Design and Chief Architect
Wildlife Conservation Society
Chair, Honors and Awards Committee
In 1978, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums established its highest award for professional excellence, named for its first recipient, R. Marlin Perkins. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year.
Nominations are accepted year-round and are due no later than December 15th of the year preceding the year in which the award is to be conferred.
NOTE: The due date for 2018 has been extended to February 28, 2018.
Established July, 2017
Animal welfare is a critical part of modern professional animal care, and there are many animals that have benefited from the dedication of animal welfare practitioners. Individuals within the AZA community who have moved the field of animal welfare forward through implementation, research, education, veterinary care and professional development that improves animal lives deserve to and should be recognized. The Animal Welfare Individual Leadership Award honors a person who significantly influences the quality of animals’ lives through long-term personal commitment to the field of animal welfare. The significant contributions can be in the form of animal management, professional development, education, research, and/or exhibit design. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year. Nominations for 2018 are due by June 1.
Animal Welfare Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Guidelines
In March, 2014, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums established an award to recognize outstanding scientific research contributions to the field(s) of animal management, education, and/or conservation within the AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community. This award, named for its first recipient Devra Kleiman, honors an individual’s long-term commitment to using science-based research and mentoring others to advance the zoo and aquarium profession. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year. Nominations for 2018 are due by June 1.
Devra Kleiman Award Nomination Guidelines
Deadline: June 1 annually
The Tim O'Sullivan Award for Professional Development recognizes significant long-term individual achievement and service to AZA members through the AZA Professional Development Program and the AZA Board of Regents.
About the Tim O'Sullivan Award
Deadline: June 1 annually
Commercial Members who have demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, professional excellence and distinguished service to AZA and fellow Commercial Members. The award is named for its first recipient, Wendy Fisher.
Wendy Fisher Award nomination form and guidelines
The AZA Board of Directors has instituted a moratorium on nominations for Honorary Membership while the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors are in the process of evaluating all membership categories.
AZA has created a special membership category to recognize both members and non-members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Candidates should not be working in the zoo or aquarium profession and are elected by the Board of Directors.
List of Honorary Membership recipients