ZAA ACCREDITATION Standards

The ZAA Accreditation Standards and Space Requirements provide guidance in best practices to ZAA accredited facilities.  This comprehensive document includes standards for:

  • animal welfare, care & management
  • veterinary care
  • conservation
  • scientific advancement, education, & interpretations
  • physical facilities
  • safety/security 
  • governing authority
  • support organizations
  • finance
  • staff
  • guest services
  • master & strategic planning;
  • elephant management& care
  • cetacean care & welfare
  • animal care guidelines
  • minimum space requirements
  • and more

The ZAA Accreditation Standards and Space Requirements are under revision.  The 2021 revisions will be posted as they are completed.

ZAA Accreditation Standards and Space Requirements (2021)

ZAA Enclosure Standards (2016)

For accreditation application, requirements
and more information, click here.

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