WAZA Association Members shall be organisations recognised by WAZA, both national and regional, whose primary members are zoological gardens, aquariums or similar zoological institutions or, as the case might be, the person that represents them. The purpose of these organisations is to support the vision, mission, and interests of their members and to establish standards and levels of cooperation between them.

Association Members shall be responsible for the development of animal welfare evaluation programmes based on standards agreed to by WAZA and for the enforcement of those agreed upon standards on their membership.

They must be willing to abide by the WAZA Bylaws and the WAZA Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare, and may officially be represented in WAZA by either an elected officer or by a full-time executive. Association Members may serve on Committees; attend the General Assembly, vote and may serve on Council.

Association Members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Reconised by WAZA and only the members of WAZA Association Members are eligible to apply for WAZA Institutional Membership. This might in turn bring more members to the Association Members.
  • Join the WAZA Associations Committee.
  • To be able to offer all its members the benefit of collaboration with Expedia.
  • Promotion of members and their news on the WAZA social media channels, publications and e-newsletter when applicable
  • Receive support from WAZA and other members in various areas, such as animal welfare, conservation and communications. WAZA supports our members through difficult periods such as providing guidelines and support during the current COVID-19 crisis
  • Opportunity to collaborate with WAZA and other WAZA-recognised regional/national zoo and aquarium associations on key institution matters. For example, WAZA 2023 Animal Welfare Goal; influence on tourism industry (WAZA has been working in collaboration with AZA, BIAZA, EAZA and ZAA to advise Expedia on its new animal welfare policy which will only promote zoos and aquariums which are members of WAZA and/or of WAZA’s recognised regional and national association members).
  • International representation at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), IUCN-Species Survival Commission (IUCN-SSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Species 360, Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG), International Air Transport Association (IATA) etc., as WAZA represents the zoo and aquarium community’s interests at these international organisations
  • Collaborate with other WAZA-recognised national and regional associations on building capacity, further developing the WAZA 2023 Animal Welfare goal and its requirements, as well as developing and implementing own animal welfare evaluation processes in consultation with other associations facing similar issues. This work, will guarantee that all WAZA institutional members will have undertaken an appropriate animal welfare evaluation processs.
  • Be a part of the exciting Reverse the Red campaign, a joint campaign between WAZA and the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Attend the Reverse the Red pavilion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and be a part of the first ever World Species Congress.
  • Frontline role in WAZA campaigns that address marine litter, single-use plastic, sustainable palm oil, certified forestry and other key global issues. WAZA has signed MoUs with RSPO, FSC, UNEP, etc. to ensure that our community grows sustainably.
  • Eligible to apply and nominate for WAZA Awards.
  • Meet and network with leaders from the global zoo and aquarium community
  • Eligible to apply for Disney Nature Connect Grant
  • Special discount for WAZA Members with partners, if applicable
  • New member announcement in WAZA publications and short video presentation at WAZA Annual Conference.
  • Invitation to Welcome cocktail for new members at the Annual Conference, chaired by the President and the WAZA Council.
  • Receive printed WAZA publications such as WAZA News magazine and annual report in addition to other guides or booklets that are printed.
  • Receive weekly digital newsletter
  • Join live webinars on various hot topics and have the opportunity to be one of the speakers
  • Use of WAZA Association Member logo
  • Job listing on WAZA webpage for free
  • Discounted price to register for WAZA Annual Conference
  • Option / opportunity to apply to give presentations, conduct sessions, workshops, panels
  • Apply to be a Council Member inthe Associations Category
  • Eligible to apply for travel grants to be able to attend some Conferences, when offered
  • Have the right to vote in the AGM and be part of making important decisions
  • Be a member of the Associations Committee and have the eligibility to join standing committees (Committee for Population Management, Membership, Nominating, Ethics and Animal Welfare and Finance Committees) and other committees or working groups.
  • Be able to apply for keeping International Studbooks and associated recognition.