Who We Are

Caza: connecting people to nature

Founded in 1975, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) is a private charitable organization representing the country’s leading zoological parks and aquariums. CAZA is committed to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums as humane agencies of animal welfare, conservation, science and education.

Our Work

CAZA is active on many fronts: from inspecting and accrediting zoological facilities, to identifying and implementing best practices in animal welfare, to partnering with government and animal welfare agencies in relocating animals. But in the simplest terms, CAZA’s work consists of one thing: answering the question, “why zoos matter”.

Answering that question lets us engage in conversations about the role of zoos and aquariums in an increasingly urbanized society and their role in connecting people to nature—a role that has never been more important than it is today.

Zoos and aquariums the world over are evolving. Where once many saw their role simply as exhibitors of animals, accredited institutions the world over today share the belief that in addition to a moral and professional responsibility for the welfare of the animals in their care, they also have a responsibility to protect the planet’s biodiversity through public engagement, conservation and research.

Zoos and aquariums can be the catalyst that inspires a new generation of conservationists to carry out more research, rehabilitate more habitats, reintroduce more species and educate more people.

*Watch the video to see for yourself why zoos matter.

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Accredited Facility

The CAZA logo displayed alongside a zoo or aquarium’s name signifies excellence in animal care and management and a commitment to conservation and education. For institutions that become accredited members of CAZA, that logo carries with it some very tangible benefits...

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Individual & Corporate Membership

For an individual or corporation, joining CAZA means joining a growing community of professionals committed to animal welfare, conservation and to making a difference in their community and in the world. It means an opportunity to network and to share...

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Plan a Visit

When planning a visit to a zoo or aquarium, be sure to look for the CAZA logo. The CAZA logo tells you that you and your family will be visiting an institution where animals receive the highest standard of care and that is committed to conservation and quality education. Our members believe that we all have a responsibility to species conservation and to a healthy environment, and that they have a responsibility to the animals in their care. For the more than 12 million people that visit CAZA-accredited zoos and aquariums each year, the result is a positive, safe and often unforgettable experience.

If you know which facility you’d like to visit, click on one of the logos below to find out about programs, hours of operation and admission fees. If you’re unsure, or want to research your visit by geographic location please click here.



CAZA Begins Complaint Adjudication Process

(OTTAWA, ON) – February 8, 2023 – On January 20, 2023, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) was made aware of a complaint lodged by Animal Justice – Canada against a... Read More


EAZA Statement on the war in Ukraine

(AMSTERDAM) March 1, 2022 –  The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) is the community of progressive zoological institutions in Europe and West Asia. EAZA’s Candidate fo... Read More


CAZA Director & Business Owner Presents to Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs: Ontario government needs to cover costs associate with CAZA members’ animal rescue efforts

 Ottawa – January 18, 2022 – Today Paul Goulet, Founder and Owner of Little Ray’s Nature Center and director on the board of directors for Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CA... Read More

Vital Links - A Blog About Zoos


The Importance of Zoos

The following was published in the National Post on Thursday, September 1, 2016. By: Massimo Bergamini The death earlier this year of Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo’s western lowland Silverback gorilla continues to enflame online passions, spur the creation of viral memes, and provide fodder for anti... Read More

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One can only hope that the announcement last week of a New Brunswick task force on exotic animals in response to the death of Noah and Connor Barthe — the two Campbellton boys asphyxiated last year by an African Rock python — will lead to a blueprint for other governments to follow. The tragedy ... Read More


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Questions or Concerns?

CAZA is committed to promoting the highest standards of operation in Canadian zoos and aquariums through a process of self-evaluation, on-site inspections and peer review. While these site visits are conducted by trained zoo professionals, we believe that the 12 million visitors that every year cross through the gates of our member institutions are our best inspectors. If you see anything that concerns you about the operations of one of our member institutions, or have any questions, please contact us directly via the e-mail below. Every submission will be investigated.

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