Why do we have our Association?
The Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia advances the success of our members, who share their passion for animals, the environment and conservation. The Association works cooperatively to build quality zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks.
In order to create the most effective operating environment for the zoo and aquarium community, for the lasting benefit of all members, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia aims to:
- Bring the members together to act as one to achieve a collective purpose;
- Represent member organisations in the region as one;
- Serve member needs in the interest of all zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks;
- Provide species management services to support members’ collections;
- Provide opportunities for members to share knowledge in the interest of effective zoo and aquarium based field conservation, scientific and veterinary research and visitor engagement activities;
- Build capacity by developing our people;
- Maintain and develop professional standards for members; and
- Promote the work of members regionally and internationally.
How does the Association assist Members?
The Association supports members by:
- Safeguarding and developing the reputation of the industry with stakeholders and community;
- Ensuring we speak with one credible voice through influential advocacy and representation for our members;
- Facilitating cooperative species management to ensure the zoo and aquarium animal populations are sustainable and maximise opportunities to partner with Government and other NGOs on habitat and species recovery initiatives;
- Having agreed standards to grow professionalism and improve;
- Working with government agencies to ensure that industry requirements are considered in legislation, regulation, policy and practice; to ensure the ongoing relevance and sustainability of zoos and aquariums
- Encouraging members to engage with and support each other by sharing knowledge; and
- Listening to members and responding accordingly by delivering valued services and member benefits.
What does the Association do for Members?
Good Governance, Policy & Stakeholder Liaison
- ZAA strategic plan & risk minimisation
- People and culture
- ZAA policy and procedure
- Contemporary communications
- Membership communications
- Increasing representation, relationships and networking
- Legislation, regulation and lobbying
- Positioning and visibility of the Association
- Publications and statements on relevant issues
- ZAA Annual Conference/member forums
Species Coordination & Conservation
- Species management and collection planning
- Development and facilitation of industry expertise and know-how in conservation and science
- International zoo and aquarium collaboration
- Strategic planning in areas of global and regional conservation priorities
- Demonstrating conservation contribution of ZAA members
- Wildlife husbandry expertise
- Advocacy programs/community engagement
Membership, Practices & Animal Welfare
- Animal welfare initiatives
- Animal welfare based accreditation
- Membership eligibility & liaison
- Development and facilitation of industry expertise and know-how in welfare practices
- Facilitating member approaches to climate change and sustainability
- Biosecurity and collection health
ZAA Staff Structure