ZAA Members and accredited facilities are ethically bound to support and implement the Mission, Purpose,

and Objectives

of ZAA and to:

  • Promote wildlife conservation to our visitors and society at large.
  • Cooperate with colleagues and the broader conservation community to assist in animal propagation, husbandry, care and conservation in both the managed and wild populations.
  • Possess and abide by all required federal, state, city, county, local, international and any other related permits.
  • Act in accordance with all federal, state, city, county, local and international laws and regulations.
  • Conduct all affairs ethically and legally with a high degree of professionalism, honesty, integrity and fairness to all concerned.

Mission Statement

The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) is a non-profit, membership-based, accrediting organization dedicated to responsible wildlife management, conservation, and education.

The ZAA upholds the highest level of professional standards in animal welfare, safety, and ethics.


Serve the needs of our members and accredited facilities.

Support our accredited facilities and provide resources to defend against false allegations and mischaracterizations.

Promote legal and ethical methods for sustaining managed wildlife.

Encourage responsible conservation of genetics through cooperative propagation programs including both privately funded and publicly funded facilities.

Promote high standards and ethics through accreditation programs.
Educate the media, policy-makers and the public through advocacy and adherence of best practices.


Establish professional standards for husbandry, animal care, and safety.

Ensure accurate animal and medical records by our members.

Enhance the survival of species by the use of professional methods.

Ensure an appropriate, safe, and quality existence for animals in human care.
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