WAZA Welcomes New Member – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Posted: 29 February 2024

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome a new Institution Member to the global zoo and aquarium community – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Welcoming over 2 million guests every year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is located just north of Columbus, USA, and is home to over 10,000 animals representing over 600 species. For more than 95 years, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has evolved to become a cornerstone of the community and a destination inspiring the appreciation and conservation of many of the earth’s most amazing animals.

WAZA CEO Dr Martín Zordan said, ‘We are very pleased to welcome back Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to the WAZA community. With the crucial work that they are doing for Asian Elephants through their newly established Centre for Species Survival in India, I am confident that our members will find opportunities to connect and share expertise.’

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s wellbeing programme defines and applies proactive animal welfare processes and tools to continually evaluate the wellbeing of the animals, advance the science and best practices of animal wellbeing, and increase the level of their staff and volunteers’ understanding of animal wellbeing science and best practices.

As part of their conservation strategy, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium focuses on worldwide threatened species recovery, habitat restoration, and human-wildlife coexistence. They are making a positive impact on wildlife locally, regionally, and at national and international levels. They also work with Federal and State agencies, zoos and aquariums, communities, universities, and other partners worldwide to recover threatened species, restore habitats, and empower people to coexist with wildlife.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and certified by American Humane.

More information about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be found on their website.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.

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