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 (login required) are accessible to AZA members.
ZAHP Fusion Center Website