The Zoo and Aquarium Association is the peak body representing the zoo and aquarium community throughout Australasia. The Association has 99 member organisations which include zoos, aquariums, museums and universities.
The Association manages the coordination of breeding programs and sets the level of professional standards and practice for its members. It also provides general support and advice where required to its members and governments on a range of issues such as biosecurity, wildlife disease and species knowledge.
Our members engage with an estimated 22 million visitors and provide education to over 1 million students each year. They support 639 conservation projects across 46 countries around the world, investing over $20m each year on programs to protect threatened species in the wild. In addition, they provide essential services to local wildlife through their veterinary hospitals.
Most importantly ZAA members care for 342 species that are classified as threatened in the wild, and a total of 2,440 species. The Association aims to enhance these activities by enabling and facilitating collaboration across the members.
The Association is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), where we are able to collaborate with 1,300 other zoos and aquariums globally. Collectively we seek to contribute to conservation science, animal husbandry and animal welfare. See our partners page for more information.
Fast facts about zoos and aquariums
Zoos and aquariums are part of the community in the Australasian region and are favoured destinations for families, friends and tourists alike. ZAA zoos and aquariums are committed to connecting visitors with the animals in their care and fostering pro-wildlife behaviours among their visitors. There are an estimated 22 million visitors each year to zoos and aquariums across New Zealand and Australia. Of these, 5 million international tourists visit our zoos and aquariums to experience the region’s unique wildlife.