ZAA Accreditation 

Using the Five Domains Model, ZAA grants accreditation to zoos and aquariums that have clearly demonstrated their commitment to positive welfare. We provide training and advice, ensuring zoos and aquariums think deeply about the welfare of the animals in their care and strive for continuous improvement.

By law, the government requires zoos and aquariums to meet minimum standards to protect animals from bad welfare. The ZAA Accreditation Program goes further, focusing on good welfare. It asks the question, is the animal having a fulfilling life of positive experiences? 

ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums operate to the highest levels. They must be assessed every three years to retain their accreditation status. International members are assessed yearly.


The Accreditation Process