ZAA ACCREDITATION Standards

The 2021 ZAA Accreditation Standards and Space Requirements will be published soon.

The ZAA Accreditation Standards, Related Policies, and Husbandry Guidelines 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


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