ZAA promotes responsible ownership, management, conservation, and propagation of animals in both the private and public domains through professional standards in husbandry, animal care, safety and ethics.
- Adhere to our mission while addressing the needs of our members.
- Protect and defend the right to own exotic and domestic animals, both privately and publically, 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 sustainable wildlife management.
- Encourage responsible conservation of genetics through cooperative breeding programs including both the private and public domains.
- 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.