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

ZAA 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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