New WAZA Members

Date: 2018/05/24


Kyoto City Zoo, Japan and Yorkshire Wildlife Park, United Kingdom approved as new WAZA members.


WAZA Welcomes New Members

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to welcome two new institutional members to its nearly 400-strong membership base.

 were recently approved as WAZA members, following a one-year pause on new membership applications. The two members are the first to be welcomed to the WAZA family in 2018 and will be the first of many as the organisation seeks to expand its membership base.


"The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is pleased to welcome the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and the Kyoto City Zoo to the WAZA family. Each institution is committed to the highest standards of animal care, and each understands that conservation of wildlife and their habitat is the ultimate goal," said WAZA Chief Executive Officer, Doug Cress. "This decision is also significant because it signals that WAZA is once again open to expanding its membership to zoos and aquariums that seek to increase their impact."


Kyoto City Zoo, founded in 1903 is the second-oldest zoo in Japan and the first in Japan to be funded largely by donations from local citizens. The zoo is also a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA). The Kyoto City Zoo is an active participant in species conservation projects, breeding and caring for animals at risk of extinction. The zoo, in cooperation with the Kyoto University, established the Center for Research and Education of Wildlife (CREW) in 2013.


Yorkshire Wildlife Park opened in 2009 with a mission to focus on animal welfare as well as conservation and education. The park is committed to link ex situ conservation to in situ conservation with research and financial support. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation is a registered charity and supports many conservation projects, such as working with Polar Bears international and the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group for polar bear conservation. The park works with animal welfare organisations across Asia to help improve animal welfare in zoos and sanctuaries across the continent. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is also a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

WAZA is the global alliance of nearly 400 leading zoos and aquariums in over 50 countries. For more, visit or contact


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