Strategic Plan

We Are AZA

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums  is committed to providing the highest quality member services to advance the zoo and aquarium movement. AZA is also committed to being a global leader in promoting species conservation and animal welfare by leveraging the size, scope, expertise, and public trust of its member institutions.

Through AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, AZA will redefine for the public the value of accredited zoos and aquariums and provide more opportunities for people to participate in wildlife conservation.


The Association of Zoos and Aquariums envisions a world where all people respect, value and conserve wildlife and wild places.


The Association of Zoos and Aquariums helps its members and the animals in their care thrive by providing services advancing animal welfare, public engagement and the conservation of wildlife.

Our Promise

We will promote AZA accreditation as the standard of excellence in the zoo and aquarium profession.

We will increase the collective impact of AZA members in animal care, welfare, sustainable population management and the conservation of wildlife.

We will tell powerful stories about the work of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

We will empower zoo and aquarium professionals to be leaders in their field.

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