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.
Established in 1935, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has been to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums and like‑minded organisations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.
The association’s membership consists of nearly 400 leading institutions and organisations around the world, and this number continues to grow.
Animal Welfare, Conservation, Sustainability, Community Conservation
WAZA promotes cooperation between leading zoos, aquariums, national and regional associations, as well as with leading wildlife experts, academies, and universities. In addition, the association also 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 organisations. Together, they are committed to tackle global issues. Issues such as the illegal wildlife trade, coral‑reef restoration, marine litter, sustainable palm oil and climate change.
A vision for maximised impact on conservation
The vision of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a world where zoos and aquariums maximise their conservation impact. Zoos and aquariums are at the fore‑front of conservation efforts and comprise the largest global conservation network. WAZA is committed to inspire and engage the many visitors (more than 700 million) who visit zoos and aquariums every year, to take action for the conservation of species and nature.
Global communication platform
WAZA is the voice of a global community of high standard, conservation-based zoos and aquariums and a catalyst for their joint conservation action. It also acts as a global communication platform for zoos and aquariums committed to conservation and to excellence in zoo and aquarium management.