Institution Members shall be zoological gardens, aquariums or similar zoological institutions established and managed primarily for cultural, educational, scientific, and conservation purposes. Institution Members should also be open to the public on a regular and predictable basis.

An Institution Member must be a full institutional member of its regional or national association recognised by WAZA, and must be willing to abide by the WAZA Bylaws and the WAZA Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare.

Only the respective full time, paid chief executive or other nominated senior executive of the institution or organization may serve as its official representative in WAZA. Institution Members may serve on Committees; attend the General Assembly, vote; and may serve on Council.

Institution Members enjoy the following benefits:

  • By being a WAZA member, zoos and aquariums can state they are of a high-standard and belong to the global community of the world’s leading zoos and aquariums. Being a WAZA member is a mark of international excellence showcasing the member meets high standards, a commitment to animal conservation and well-being, and is a world leading zoo or aquarium.
  • Collaborate 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
  • Have institution’s best interests represented by WAZA in various areas, including within the travel and tourism industry. For example, 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
  • Be a pioneer in improving animal care around the world by being a major player in the 2023 WAZA goal on Animal Welfare evaluation processes. WAZA is working with regional and national associations to build capacity to develop and implement animal welfare evaluations, and have all WAZA Institutional Members compliant with the process by 2023. This work will also positively impact the views that many have on zoos and aquariums by underscoring the committment that WAZA member zoos and aquariums have towards the highest animal welfare on the animals under their care.
  • 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 such as Aratag, a fully-integrated information system featuring a CMS and universal app that visitors can download to their smart devices
  • 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 Institution Member logo
  • Job listing on WAZA webpage for free
  • Eligible to submit tender for hosting WAZA Annual Conference
  • Discounted price to register for WAZA Annual Conference
  • Option / opportunity to apply to give presentations, conduct sessions, workshops, panels
  • Have the opportunity to apply for being a Council member representing a Region.
  • Recommend /propose their representative to be President or Vice-President.
  • 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
  • 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