Since its inception in 1975, CAZA has worked to develop accreditation standards that have become recognized as among the best in the world. Here at home, they serve increasingly as a benchmark for quality animal care and welfare; in fact, governments at all levels have been incorporating these standards into their regulatory frameworks either directly, by making CAZA accreditation a requirement for licencing, or by reference.

CAZA is proud to be a trusted partner of provincial and municipal governments and animal welfare organizations like local Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on a range of issues, including providing specialized assistance in enforcement actions and animal rescue and rehoming operations. While CAZA is pleased that a number of municipal and provincial governments have adopted the association’s standards as a requirement of licencing of zoos and aquariums, a number of jurisdictions continue to operate with weak or inexistent standards for the keeping and exhibition of wild animals. CAZA continues to advocate for a consistent and credible set of rules and regulations from coast to coast to coast.

For more information on CAZA’s advocacy initiatives please contact the National Office at


880 Taylor Creek Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario
K4A 0Z9

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