Conservation Research

Conservation Research AZA believes that contemporary animal management, husbandry, veterinary care and conservation practices should be based in science, and that a commitment to scientific research, both basic and applied, is a trademark of the modern zoological park and aquarium. AZA-accredited-zoos and aquariums have the invaluable opportunity, and are expected to, conduct or facilitate research […]

Conservation Initiatives

AZA manages numerous large scale conservation initiatives that typically involve participation and collaboration amongst many AZA Committees,Scientific Advisory Groups, Animal Programs, and partnerships.  These multi-faceted initiatives often include bothin situ and ex situ conservation strategies, research projects, education plans, and dissemination efforts. Reducing Climate Impacts on Wildlife AZA recognizes that increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), as well as other greenhouse gasses, is […]

Zoo & Aquarium Sustainable Practices

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums serve as conservation experts who are not only involved in assuring animal, habitat, and ecosystem survival, but also strive to conserve the natural resources utilized in their business operations.  Sustainable practices are implemented to reduce water and energy usage, decrease waste generation as well as increase green purchasing protocols and renewable energy generation.  AZA has developed several mechanisms, such as two volumes […]

Zoo & Aquarium Field Conservation

The AZA Field Conservation Committee (FCC) paraphrases the definition of “Field Conservation” as action that helps secure the long-term survival of species in natural ecosystems and habitats. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums coordinate, participate, or support conservation projects that: directly support field work, species recovery, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, and assurance populations; focus in situ and ex situ research on ways […]


Introducing AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild. Across the 229 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, we have more wildlife care experts, more animals and a greater […]