Since 1935, the goal of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has been to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums and like‑minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.
WAZA is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world. The membership consists of nearly 400 leading institutions and organizations around the world, and this number continues to grow.
WAZA promotes cooperation between leading zoos, aquariums, national and regional associations, as well as with leading wildlife experts, academies, and universities. WAZA provides support for species‑conservation management and husbandry of animals in human care, while encouraging the highest standards in member institutions. WAZA has formed partnerships with leading international conservation organizations, committing its members to tackle global issues such as the illegal wildlife trade, coral‑reef restoration, marine litter, sustainable palm oil and climate change.
WAZA’s vision is a world where zoos and aquariums maximize their conservation impact. Zoos and aquariums are at the forefront of conservation efforts and comprise the largest global conservation network.
WAZA is the voice of a global community of high standard, conservation-based zoos and aquariums and a catalyst for their joint conservation action.