Safety & Preparedness

Safety and security are of the utmost importance to protect our guests and staff, and to ensure the welfare of our animals.  AZA actively works to develop and provide guidance on various issues in safety and security through two initiatives, the Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (ZAHP) Fusion Center and the AZA Safety Committee.

The ZAHP Fusion Center is a USDA-funded initiative created to bridge the gap in communication between the managed wildlife community and the emergency management sector. The Center disseminates critical information on prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery to the greater managed wildlife community while developing new partnerships with federal agencies, local and state emergency responders, and private sector groups concerned with animal welfare and emergency management. All materials developed through this project are publicly available through the ZAHP Fusion Center’s website.

The AZA Safety Committee is comprised of members from various AZA institutions who research and develop guidance on safety and security issues currently effecting our member institutions. Developed materials including the Zoo and Aquarium Safety: Example Practices document are accessible to AZA members.

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