Zoo and aquarium conservation

ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums in Australasia are huge contributors to conservation in our part of the world and globally.

ZAA members participate in 629 conservation programs for threatened species worldwide. In 2017, they funded a total of $20.6 million to conservation as well as a further $3.1 million of in-kind support.

Each year Australasian zoos and aquariums connect 22 million people with wildlife, fostering a love for our world's species and educating people about positive actions to help save them.


ZAA's conservation role

ZAA leads member zoos and aquariums to work together for conservation and threatened species recovery.

We help members work strategically through our Wildlife Conservation Committee and provide an avenue for funding through the Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF). Our team are also actively involved in a range of government recovery programs in AustraliaNew Zealand and globally to save threatened species including orange-bellied parrot, southern cassowary, Tasmanian devil, kiwi and more.

We support an approach that involves all the different experts working together to conserve a species – the One Plan Approach developed by the Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG). Our role is to aid collaboration between our members and other key conservation partners, as well as provide expertise and recommendations.