Since its inception in 1976, CAZA has worked to develop accreditation standards that have since become recognized as among the best in the world. Here at home, they serve increasingly as a benchmark for quality animal care and welfare.  Today, governments at all levels have incorporated these standards into their regulatory frameworks either directly, by making CAZA accreditation a requirement for licensing, or by referencing them in their regulations.

CAZA’s accreditation program revolves around the principle that zoos and aquariums have a critical role to play in supporting species conservation and biodiversity and that to play that role effectively, they must be guided by the highest standards of safety and animal care, as well as by clear education strategies and goals.

The accreditation program and the standards on which it is based have gone through numerous changes as knowledge of animal care, conservation and education practices, as well as societal values and expectations, have evolved. CAZA’s accreditation standards are designed to promote professionalism in all aspects of zoo and aquarium management. They ensure CAZA members provide the best possible care for the animals they are entrusted with, and that the more than 12 million yearly visitors to CAZA-accredited facilities benefit from quality and safe learning experiences about animals and nature. 

The CAZA logo displayed alongside an accredited zoo or aquarium’s name signifies excellence in animal wealfare 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.

Because CAZA accreditation is based on evolving best practices, CAZA members learn from one another and can benefit from the support of experienced professionals as well as National Office staff. Most of all, becoming an accredited member of CAZA means joining a network of professionals that share a passion for animal welfare, conservation and for making a difference in their community and in the world.

For more information, please contact CAZA Natinal Office 



Inspection and Accreditation