WAZA Welcomes New Member – Zoo Advisors

Posted: 15 September 2021

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to have broadened its global membership base by welcoming business management consulting and leadership advisory firm, Zoo Advisors as a new Corporate member.

Zoo Advisors, based in Pennsylvania in the United States of America is a full-service planning and consulting firm focused on helping zoos, aquariums, and conservation organisations advance their missions, increase impact, and grow sustainably. The company was founded by David Walsh with the aim of balancing the conservation and education missions of zoos and aquariums with financial sustainability and leadership excellence.

Zoo Advisors works with zoos and aquariums of all sizes around the world, and has helped develop innovative plans for more than 150 institutions. The company offers a broad range of services such as strategic and business planning, executive search and leadership transition, DEAI planning, feasibility research, economic impact studies, governance evaluation, strategic master planning, education and conservation planning and much more. Zoo Advisors’ team consists of experts with extensive experience working in and with zoos, aquariums and conservation organisations globally.

“I am delighted to welcome Zoo Advisors as a new member. The company has already worked with a number of WAZA members and has supported the development and growth of numerous zoological facilities globally,” said Dr Martín Zordan, Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. “We look forward to our collaboration and work with Zoo Advisors.”

“It’s exciting to become a member of WAZA and expand our connections with the global zoo and aquarium community. The whole Zoo Advisors team, with over 150 years of collective experience in the field, shares a commitment and passion for the conservation mission of all WAZA members. We know we can be an excellent resource to the entire membership to increase their impact and do it sustainably using the tools of all of our planning expertise,” said Walsh, ZA’s Principal and Founder. “We’ve participated in and contributed to many WAZA conferences and programmes over the last five years and now is a perfect time to officially join WAZA and support all of their efforts in helping their members be a force for saving wildlife across the world.”

Zoo Advisors is also an active commercial member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and supports multiple initiatives across the global zoo and aquarium community including with women in leadership and with emerging and BIPOC leaders.

To learn more, please visit: zooadvisors.com

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