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Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Members of AZA are leaders in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit


Animal Welfare & Tourism

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums allow millions of visitors each year to experience, connect with, and care about animals and ecosystems they would likely never otherwise see. The animals at AZA-accredited facilities are ambassadors for their species that help to educate visitors, inspire life-long conservationists, and raise money to support vital conservation efforts. In 2016, the AZA community invested $216 million in field conservation, benefitting species all over the world. AZA-accredited facilities also participate in critical animal rescue and rehabilitation work, helping to save wildlife and restore lost habitats. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums provide the best in animal care and welfare, as well as conduct groundbreaking research in on-site world-class labs and animal hospital facilities. The AZA regularly works with state, federal, and other non-governmental partners on collaborative projects to better understand and bolster wild populations of declining species.


Expedia Joins Forces to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Like Expedia, AZA believes all animal encounters are not the same. It is important that the public understand the difference between animal encounters at AZA-accredited aquariums, nature centers, science centers and zoos, and those at non-accredited facilities. By visiting an AZA-accredited facility, travelers can be certain they are supporting an aquarium, nature center, science center or zoo that is providing the best animal care and welfare possible. Additionally, visitors can be assured that they are supporting legitimate and relevant conservation projects. AZA looks forward to working with Expedia to help inform and educate visitors to on what AZA members are doing to combat wildlife trafficking. Working together with Expedia, AZA and its members can ensure highly educational and positive animal welfare choices are made across the globe.


AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction®

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® focuses the collective expertise of our accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages our audiences to save species. SAFE builds on AZA member successes in species conservation, with the intent of significantly increasing zoo and aquarium conservation impact and spending. With thousands of species at risk today, SAFE brings focus to addressing extinction for the AZA community.

SAFE includes securing the existence of species through effective and collaborative field science and inspiring our guests to take conservation action. To accomplish this, we are focusing on increasing our member involvement and impact in conservation, in part by developing capacity-building efforts. You can learn more at


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