Association of Zoos and Aquariums


Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA; previously American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and originally American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA)) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. The vision statement of the organization is:

* The AZA uses its institution accreditation, animal care initiatives, education & conservation programs, collaborative research and political lobbying in order to achieve this goal.
* The AZA serves as an accrediting body for zoos and aquariums and ensures that accredited facilities meet higher standards of animal care than are required by law. There are over 200 AZA accredited institutions. Member institutions are evaluated every five years in order to ensure AZA standards are met and to maintain AZA accreditation.
* The Association also facilitates Species Survival Plans, which are plans for the captive management of genetically diverse populations of various endangered species.

The AZA was founded in 1924 and started as the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. The organization was formed to provide a professional forum for zoo officials to discuss their animals. In 1971, the AAZPA gained independent status and began to work towards animal conservation.

ee also

* List of AZA member zoos and aquariums
* American Sanctuary Association

External links

* [http://www.aza.org/ “Association of Zoos and Aquariums” (AZA) home page]


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