Presentation of Animals Policy

Approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2008

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to excellence in animal care and welfare, conservation, education, research, and the presentation of animals in ways that inspire respect for wildlife and nature. AZA's position is that animals should always be presented in adherence to the following core principles:

  • Animal and human health, safety, and welfare are never compromised.
  • Education and a meaningful conservation message are integral components of the presentation.
  • The individual animals involved are consistently maintained in a manner that meets their social, physical, behavioral, and nutritional needs.

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