In the classroom

In the community


Education is an extremely important pillar of our work and as such our programs take many forms and touch the lives of countless individuals. We often refer to this work simply as “covering generations from strollers to seniors”.

In large part, our public education programs are premised on helping the general public reconnect with wildlife and more broadly with nature. We believe strongly in the health benefits of nature as well as the connection that people can build with wildlife through animal ambassador programs. It is also well documented that people will work hardest to conserve those species that they most closely relate to.

ZAA accredited facilities make significant contributions to global conservation

Beyond NGO support, ZAA members are also heavily involved in reintroduction programs, and rescue and rehabilitation work. Some of the species our members work with include Eastern or mountain bongo, Attwater’s prairie chicken, Texas horned lizard, Anegada ground iguana, Kemps Ridley sea turtle, and San Joaquin kit fox.

Sadly, modern-day conservation of threatened or endangered species cannot simply be limited to protecting or reintroducing animals in their native ranges. For many, the “wild” is disappearing as humans encroach on their natural habitats. To ensure a species’ long-term survival, captive propagation of wildlife has become an essential part of the conversation and the only insulation against a potential collapse of wild populations. Our managed breeding program at ZAA is named the Animal Management Program (AMP). Through the ZAA AMP, our members are also involved with cheetah, Southern white rhinoceros, mandrill, Schmidt’s guenon, lowland tapir, African black-footed penguin, and siamang. Our AMP species management program is coordinated across the family of ZAA accredited members to ensure the greatest genetic variability.



ZAA accredited facilities contribute to many in situ conservation organzations

African Predator Conservation program
Asian Elephant Support Group
Barn Swallow Recovery
Boelen's python research
Cheetah Conservation Botswana
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Cheetah Outreach Trust
DeWildt Wildlife Trust
Eastern Bluebird Recovery Program
Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus program
Gibbon Conservation Centter
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Gray Rat Snake Recovery
International Crane Foundation
International Elephant Foundation
International Rhino Foundation
International Veterinary Care
Island Fox program
Jane Goodall Institute
Lewa Foundation
Masked Bobwhite Quail Recovery Team
Mountain Lion Foundation
Painted Dog Conservation
Pan Africa Sanctuary Alliance
Proyecto Titi
San Joaquin Kit Fox recovery and treatment center
Sahara Conservation Fund
Small Cat Alliance
Tipton Kangaroo Rat behavioral breeding program
Tree Swallow Recovery
Waterfowl Propagation Program Nene Geese
WCS Mozambique cheetah project
Wildlife Alliance
Wood duck propagation program


Visit the Hall Family ZAA Conservation Fund to donate to in situ conservation projects


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Hall Family ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund



Through the Hall Family ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund together with direct support programs of our accredited members, ZAA directs vital conservation dollars to aid in the survival of many keystone species and a number of other threatened or endangered species on all seven continents. Our NGO partners in this important work are diverse and share our commitment to wildlife conservation, propagation of wildlife, and habitat conservation. On the ground in situ, we see this critical funding making a real difference and producing results that are measurable. For example, ZAA supports projects dealing with human/wildlife and predator/prey conflict avoidance, anti-poaching patrols and snare removal teams, the teaching of conservation agriculture practices, elephant beehive fencing and a number of progressive community outreach and education programs.


Click here to learn about the significant contributions ZAA facilities make to global conservation.




International Rhino Foundation


Giraffe Conservation Foundation


Cheetah Conservation Botswana


Black-footed Cat Working Group


Nissa Lion Project


Zambian Carnivore Programme



International Elephant Foundation



Dyer Island Conservation Trust










The Hall family ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund was created in memory of ZAA member Lynn Hall's wife and two sons.  Lynn and his family have contributed significantly for many years to the art of captive animal management and propagation. The Fund may be used for wildlife projects, including wildlife conservation, propagation of wildlife, and habitat improvement.

Click here to learn more about Lynn Hall.

ZAA promotes responsible ownership, management, conservation, and propagation of animals in both privately funded and publicly funded facilities through professional standards in husbandry, animal care, safety and ethics.



  • As a trade organization to serve the needs of our members.
  • Protect and defend the right to own exotic and domestic animals, in both privately funded and publicly funded facilities, under proper professional care, husbandry and safety standards which are rigorously observed and maintained.
  • Defend our accredited facilities against false allegations, those with political agendas, and mischaracterizations.
  • Promote legal and ethical methods for sustaining captive wildlife.
  • Encourage responsible conservation of genetics through cooperative breeding 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 to 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 captive environments.


ZAA Members 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.