Educational Award of Excellence
The ZAA Educational Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in education program design and implementation.
Excellence in Breeding
The ZAA Excellence in Breeding Award recognizes a truly momentous captive propagation achievement that enhances the conservation of the species, whether common or endangered, in captivity.
Significant Propagation and Long Term Commitment to a Single Species
Metro Richmond Zoo
Metro Richmond Zoo's commitment to the African penguin since 1996 has lead to a successful breeding program that has hatched over 270 chicks.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
In the early 2000's, Tanganyika Wildlife Park saw the increasing need to preserve the snow leopard. Through the zoo's dedication, its breeding program has seen 84 cubs born at the zoo.
Animal Exhibit Award of Excellence
The ZAA Animal Exhibit Award of Excellence recognizes excellence in the area of new and unique live animal display, exhibit design and construction.
Comprehensive Immersion Exhibit
The comprehensive immersion includes multiple quality animal exhibits supported with restaurants, gift shops, walkways or more that all support a thematic design. This expanded design theme connects the visitor to the animal and human inhabitants within a biogeographical area through a unique mixture of presenting the culture, landscaping, history and life within a biogeographical area.
ZooWorld was transformed into an abandoned airstrip in the heart of Kenya's Maasai region, including an airplane hanger, park ranger living headquarters, and a research station. Guest journey into a savannah that has been overrun by lions and hyenas with additional habitats for African crest porcupine, bat-eared foxes, and spot nosed guenon.
In Situ Conservation
The ZAA In-Situ Conservation Award recognizes significant contributions to enhancing the conservation of an animal species in nature.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The ZAA Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest ZAA honor for
professional excellence and contribution to the zoo industry. The award
recognizes the improvements made to the craft of zookeeping and zoo
management by an individual.