Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (2022)

The total number of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums is 238. This information was updated in July 2022.

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Abilene Zoological Gardens, Texas
Accredited through March 2024

Adventure Aquarium, N.J.
Accredited through March 2025

Africam Safari Park, Mexico
Accredited through March 2027

African Safari Wildlife Park, Ohio
Accredited through September 2027

Akron Zoological Park, Ohio
Accredited through September 2026

Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska
Accredited through September 2022

Albuquerque Biological Park, N.M.
Accredited through September 2026

Alexandria Zoological Park, La.
Accredited through March 2024

Aquarium of Niagara, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2024

Aquarium of the Bay, Calif.
Accredited through March 2023

Aquarium of the Pacific, Calif.
Accredited through March 2026

Aquarium of the Port of Veracruz, Mexico
Accredited through March, 2025

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Ariz.
Accredited through March 2026

Assiniboine Park Zoo, Canada
Accredited through September 2025

Atlantis, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Accredited through March 2026

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Accredited through March 2023

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, La.
Accredited through March 2025

Audubon Zoo, La.
Accredited through March 2024

Baylor University Bear Habitat, Texas
Accredited through March 2026

Bergen County Zoological Park, N.J.
Accredited through September 2023

Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, Bermuda
Accredited through March 2025

Binder Park Zoo, Mich.
Accredited through September 2025

Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Calif.
Accredited through March 2025

Birmingham Zoo, Ala.
Accredited through September 2022

Blank Park Zoo, Iowa
Accredited through September 2024

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Ohio
Accredited through March 2027
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Bramble Park Zoo, S.D.
Accredited through September 2024

Brandywine Zoo, Del.
Accredited through September 2022

Brevard Zoo, Fla.
Accredited through March 2024

Bronx Zoo/WCS, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2024

Brookgreen Gardens, S.C.
Accredited through September 2024
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Buffalo Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2022

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Fla.
Accredited through March 2027

The Butterfly House, Mo.
Accredited through September 2024

Butterfly Pavilion, Colo.
Accredited through September 2025

Buttonwood Park Zoo, Mass.
Accredited through September 2024

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Calif.
Accredited through March 2027

Caldwell Zoo, Texas
Accredited through March 2026

Calgary Zoo, Canada
Accredited through September 2024

California Science Center, Calif.
Accredited throughMarch 2027
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Cameron Park Zoo, Texas
Accredited through March 2022

Cape May County Park Zoo, N.J.
Accredited through September 2023

Capron Park Zoo, Mass.
Accredited through September 2022

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Central Florida Zoological Park, Fla.
Accredited through March 2027

Central Park Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2025

Charles Paddock Zoo, Calif.
Accredited through March 2025

Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, Tenn.
Accredited through September 2024

Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Park, Colo.
Accredited through September 2026

Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo, Ill.
Accredited through September 2023

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ohio
Accredited through September 2025
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Ohio
Accredited through September 2025

Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, Pa.
Accredited through September 2024

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Minn.
Accredited through September 2026

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Conn.
Accredited through September 2024

Cosley Zoo, Ill.
Accredited through September 2026

CuriOdyssey, Calif.
Accredited through March 2027

Dakota Zoo, N.D.
Accredited through September 2023

Dallas World Aquarium, Texas
Accredited through March 2023

Dallas Zoo, Texas
Accredited through March 2023

David Traylor Zoo of Emporia, Kan.
Accredited through September 2022

Denver Zoological Gardens, Colo.
Accredited through September 2023

Detroit Zoological Park, Mich.
Accredited through September 2022

Dickerson Park Zoo, Mo.
Accredited through September 2023

Discovery Cove, Fla.
Accredited through March 2026

Disney's Animal Kingdom, Fla.
Accredited through March 2026

Dolphin Discovery Cozumel, Mexico
Accredited through March 2024

Dolphin Discovery Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Accredited through March 2024

Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Accredited through March 2025

Dolphin Island, Singapore
Accredited through September 2025

El Paso Zoo, Texas
Accredited through March 2024

Ellen Trout Zoo, Texas
Accredited throughMarch 2023

Elmwood Park Zoo, Pa.
Accredited through September 2022

Everland Zoo, South Korea
Accredited through September 2025

Florida Aquarium, The, Fla.
Accredited through March 2025

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Ind.
Accredited through September 2024

Fort Worth Zoo, Texas
Accredited through March 2024

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Texas
Accredited through March 2025

Franklin Park Zoo, Mass.
Accredited through September 2025

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Calif.
Accredited through March 2027

Fundación Temaikèn, Argentina
Accredited through March 2023

Georgia Aquarium, Ga.
Accredited through March 2024

Gladys Porter Zoo, Texas
Accredited through March 2025

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History, S.D.
Accredited through September 2022

Greensboro Science Center, N.C.
Accredited through March 2024
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Greenville Zoo, S.C.
Accredited through September 2024

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Mont.
Accredited through September 2022

Happy Hollow Zoo, Calif.
Accredited through March 2027

Henry Vilas Zoo, Wis.
Accredited through September 2024

Honolulu Zoo, Hawaii
Accredited through March 2025

Houston Zoo, Inc. Texas
Accredited through March 2024

Hutchinson Zoo, Kan.
Accredited through September 2024

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Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, Idaho
Accredited through September 2025

Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., Ind.
Accredited through September 2026
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

International Crane Foundation, Wis.
Accredited through September 2024

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Fla.
Accredited through March 2026

Jenkinson's Aquarium, N.J.
Accredited through March 2024

John Ball Zoological Gardens, Mich.
Accredited through September 2026

John G. Shedd Aquarium, Ill.
Accredited through March 2024

Kansas City Zoo, Mo.
Accredited through September 2026

Lake Superior Zoo, Minn.
Accredited through September 2022

Landry's Downtown Aquarium - Denver, Colo.
Accredited through March 2026

Landry's Houston Aquarium, Inc., Texas
Accredited through March 2026

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari, Nebraska
Accredited through September 2026

Lee Richardson Zoo, Kansas
Accredited through September 2022

Lehigh Valley Zoo, Penn.
Accredited through September 2026

Lincoln Children's Zoo, Nebraska
Accredited through September 2022

Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, Ill.
Accredited through September 2023

Lion Country Safari, Fla.
Accredited through March 2027

Little Rock Zoological Gardens, Arkansas
Accredited through September 2022

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, NM
Accredited through March 2023

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Calif.
Accredited through March 2025

Los Angeles Zoo, Calif.
Accredited through March 2023

Louisville Zoological Garden, Ky.
Accredited through March 2024
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Utah
Accredited through March 2025

Marineland, Fla.
Accredited through March 2027

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc., Conn.
Accredited through March2024

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Md.
Accredited through September 2023

Memphis Zoological Garden and Aquarium, Tenn.
Accredited through March 2025

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, Inc., Ind.
Accredited through September 2022

Miller Park Zoo, Ill.
Accredited through September 2023

Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens, Wis.
Accredited through September 2024

Minnesota Zoological Garden, Minn.
Accredited through September 2023

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Calif.
Accredited through March 2023

Montréal Biodôme
Accredited through September 2026

Moody Gardens Rainforest and Aquarium, Texas
Accredited through March 2024

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Fla.
Accredited through March 2024

Museum of Life and Science, N.C.
Accredited through March 2027

Museum of Science, Mass.
Accredited through March 2025
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Mystic Aquarium, Conn.
Accredited through March 2026

Naples Zoo, Fla.
Accredited through March 2027

Nashville Zoo, Tenn.
Accredited through March 2025

National Aquarium, Md.
Accredited through March 2023

National Aviary, Pa.
Accredited through September 2026

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Iowa
Accredited Through March 2025
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

New England Aquarium, Mass.
Accredited through March 2023
also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums

New York Aquarium, N.Y.
Accredited through September2024

Newport Aquarium, Ky.
Accredited through March 2025

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, N.C.
Accredited through March 2023

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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.
Accredited through March 2023

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, N.C.
Accredited through March 2023

North Carolina Zoo, N.C.
Accredited through September 2026

Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Zoo, Wis.
Accredited through September 2023

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Wash.
Accredited through September 2022

Oakland Zoo, Calif.
Accredited through March 2024

Oceanogràfic Valencia, Spain
Accredited through March 2025

Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong
Accredited through March 2024

OdySea Aquarium, Ariz.
Accredited through March 2024

Oglebay's Good Zoo, W.Va.
Accredited through September 2024

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, Okla.
Accredited through September 2024
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Neb.
Accredited through September 2024

Oregon Coast Aquarium, Ore.
Accredited through March 2027

Oregon Zoo, Ore.
Accredited through September 2022

Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, Fla.
Accredited through March 2023

Peoria Zoo, Ill.
Accredited through September 2023

Philadelphia Zoo, Pa.
Accredited through September 2025

Phoenix Zoo, The, Ariz.
Accredited through March 2023

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Wash.
Accredited through September 2023

Potawatomi Zoo, Ind.
Accredited through September 2025

Potter Park Zoological Gardens, Mich.
Accredited through September 2023

Prospect Park Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2025

Pueblo Zoo, Colo.
Accredited through September 2023

Queens Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2025

Racine Zoo, Wis.
Accredited through September 2023

Red River Zoo, N.D.
Accredited through September 2022

Reid Park Zoo, Ariz.
Accredited through March 2025

Ripley's Aquarium ofMyrtle Beach, S.C.
Accredited through March 2027

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Canada
Accredited through September 2022

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Tenn.
Accredited through March 2025

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, S.C.
Accredited through September 2026

Riverside Discovery Center, Neb.
Accredited through September 2023

Roger Williams Park Zoo, R.I.
Accredited through September 2023

Rolling Hills Zoo, Kan.
Accredited through September 2022

Roosevelt Park Zoo, N.D.
Accredited through September 2025

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2024

Sacramento Zoo, Calif.
Accredited through March 2024

Saginaw Children's Zoo, Mich.
Accredited through September 2025

Saint Louis Zoo, Mo.
Accredited through September 2025

San Antonio Zoological Society, Texas
Accredited through March 2024

San Diego Zoo, Calif.
Accredited through March 2026
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Calif.
Accredited through March 2026
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

San Francisco Zoological Gardens, Calif.
Accredited through March 2027

Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, Calif.
Accredited through March 2026

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Fla.
Accredited through September 2026

Scovill Zoo, Ill.
Accredited through September 2022

S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore
Accredited through September 2025

SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort, Calif.
Accredited through September2022
SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, Ariz.
Accredited through March 2027

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, N.C.
Accredited through September 2026

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SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, Texas
Accredited through September 2025

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, Mo
Accredited through September 2024

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, Mich.
Accredited through September2022

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium,Fla.
Accredited through September 2023

Seas, The, Fla.
Accredited through March 2025

Seattle Aquarium, Wash.
Accredited through March 2024

SeaWorld Orlando, Fla.
Accredited through March 2026

SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas
Accredited through September 2022

SeaWorld San Diego, Calif.
Accredited through March 2026

Sedgwick County Zoo, Kan.
Accredited through September 2025

Seneca Park Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through March2023

Seoul Zoo, South Korea
Accredited through September 2025

Sequoia Park Zoo, Calif.
Accredited through September 2026

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Nev.
Accredited through March 2023

Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, D.C.
Accredited through September 2024

South Carolina Aquarium, S.C.
Accredited through March 2023

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, N.H.
Accredited through September 2022

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Fla.
Accredited through September 2026

Staten Island Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2025

Steinhart Aquarium, Calif.
Accredited through September 2025

Sunset Zoological Park, Kan.
Accredited through September 2025

Tennessee Aquarium, Tenn.
Accredited through March 2025

Texas State Aquarium, Texas
Accredited through March 2027

Toledo Zoological Gardens, Ohio
Accredited through September 2023

Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, Kan.
Accredited throughSeptember2023

Toronto Zoo, Canada
Accredited through March2023

Tracy Aviary, Utah
Accredited through September 2025

Trevor Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2022

Tulsa Zoo, Okla.
Accredited through September 2023

Turtle Back Zoo, N.J.
Accredited through September 2022

Utah's Hogle Zoo, Utah
Accredited through September 2025

Utica Zoo, N.Y.
Accredited through September 2024

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Canada
Accredited throughSeptember 2024

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Va.
Accredited through March 2023

Virginia Living Museum, Va.
Accredited Through March2024
(also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums)

Virginia Zoological Park, Va.
Accredited through September 2024

Walter D. Stone Memorial Zoo, Mass.
Accredited through September 2025

Western North Carolina Nature Center, N.C.
Accredited through September 2026

Wildlife Safari, Ore.
Accredited through September 2022

Wilds, The, Ohio
Accredited through September 2022

Woodland Park Zoo, Wash.
Accredited through September 2025

Zoo Atlanta, Ga.
Accredited through March2026

Zoo Boise, Idaho
Accredited through September 2023

Zoo de Granby, Canada
Accredited through September2025

Zoo Knoxville, Tenn.
Accredited through March 2026

Zoo Miami, Fla.
Accredited through March 2026

ZOOAMERICA NA Wildlife Park, Pa.
Accredited through September 2026

Zoológico de Cali, Colombia
Accredited through March 2027

ZooMontana, Mont.
Accredited through September 2025

ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Fla.
Accredited through March 2026

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FAQs

What happens if you lose AZA accreditation? ›

There is no such thing as re-accreditation through AZA. Because zoos and aquariums are constantly evolving and standards are continuously being raised, each institution is required to go through the entire accreditation application process every five years in order to retain their accreditation.

What does it mean for a zoo to be accredited? ›

The Accreditation Commission evaluates every zoo or aquarium to make sure it meets AZA's standards for animal welfare, care, and management, including living environments, social groupings, health, and nutrition. Every animal at AZA-accredited institutions undergoes a thorough welfare assessment at least once a year.

Why is it important for a zoo to be accredited? ›

Accreditation is important because it provides you behind-the-scenes knowledge about the high standards of animal care held by the organization that you would not normally see during an everyday visit. It can also tell you about their standards for ongoing research, education, and outreach programs.

What does it mean to be accredited by the AZA? ›

Accreditation is a process by which a program, organization, or institution is evaluated by recognized experts in the profession, and is measured against the established standards and best practices of that profession.

Is Disney AZA-accredited? ›

Because of this team's dedication and hard work, Disney is a recognized leader in animal care and conservation. Most recently, that recognition included Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge once again earning accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

What Zoos are not AZA-accredited? ›

  • The Gorilla Foundation.
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
  • Micke Grove Zoological Society.
  • Moonridge Animal Park.
  • Orange County Zoo.
  • Orangutan Foundation International.
  • Project Survival Cat Haven Wild Animal Park.

What happens if a zoo loses accreditation? ›

An AZA commission evaluates operations and animal welfare at zoos. Losing accreditation could affect which animals are brought into the zoo and could pose a risk for the loss of funding, depending on whether the decision affects the trust of donors.

How many accredited Zoos are there in the United States? ›

238 accredited facilities

Why did Columbus Zoo lose their accreditation? ›

The Columbus Zoo lost its accreditation in October because the zoo "failed to uphold its standards," according to the AZA. In March 2021, four zoo officials misused zoo resources, leading to a loss of more than $630,000, according to an investigation.

Why is AZA accreditation important? ›

More than 30 species would cease to exist without AZA-accredited facilities like our Louisville Zoo. Under our watchful care, these populations are being rebuilt. AZA Zoos carefully work to safeguard genetically diverse populations of animals in state-of-the-art environments built to resemble their natural habitats.

Who regulates Zoos in the US? ›

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) conducts licensing and inspections of zoos to ensure compliance with the minimum standards of care required by the Animal Welfare Act.

What is the difference between Zaa and AZA? ›

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was founded in 1924. The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) claims to have been founded in 2005, but appears to have just been an idea that never really took off until the Lowry Park Zoo, under leadership of Lex Salisbury, lost its AZA accreditation in 2008.

Is the AZA trustworthy? ›

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. AZA accreditation is often considered to be the 'best' accreditation a zoological facility can have, due to their incredibly high standards and stringent requirements for accreditation.

How many Zoos in the US are not accredited? ›

While there are 230 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, there are as many as 2,000 non-accredited facilities.

How many AZA accredited Zoos are there in the US? ›

AZA represents more than 235 facilities in the United States and overseas, which collectively draw more than 200 million visitors every year.

Is SeaWorld accredited by the AZA? ›

As an AZA-accredited member, SeaWorld will continue to provide state of the art animal care to over 800 animal species.

Is the Bronx Zoo AZA-accredited? ›

As a result of these rigorous assessments, AZA proudly announces the accreditation of the following 31 facilities, including three new facilities: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Canada. Binder Park Zoo, Mich. Bronx Zoo/WCS, N.Y.

Is the Columbus Zoo accredited? ›

In addition to accreditation achieved through ZAA, the Columbus Zoo was awarded accreditation by Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), an international association and accrediting body specializing in marine mammals.

Why did Safari West lose its accreditation? ›

The independent accreditation commission noted serious concerns with veterinary practices and care, and with how it acquires and removes its animals. "Members have to show a very high standard of responsibility for where they get animals and where they sell animals to.

Is Ripley's Aquarium ethical? ›

Ripley's Aquariums are fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Accreditation Commission evaluates every zoo or aquarium to make sure it meets AZA's standards for animal management and care, including living environments, social groupings, health, and nutrition.

How many Zoos are in the US 2022? ›

There are 436 Zoos & Aquariums businesses in the US as of 2022, an increase of 1.1% from 2021.

What are the benefits of being accredited? ›

Here are five benefits of accreditation.
  • 1-Accreditation improves patient outcomes and mitigates risks. ...
  • 2-Accreditation identifies strengths and gaps in your programs and processes. ...
  • 3-Accreditation promotes communication and staff empowerment across organizations. ...
  • 4-Accreditation fosters a culture of quality and safety.
3 Oct 2019

Who was fired from Columbus Zoo? ›

The former director of Niabi Zoo is one of two top executives at the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo & Aquarium to resign this week. Tom Stalf and his zookeeper wife, Colleen Stalf, left Niabi for Columbus in 2010.

Is Febreze The skunk still alive at Columbus Zoo? ›

Fabreeze was euthanized on Monday due to his declining health. POWELL, Ohio — Fabreeze, a well-loved skunk from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, has passed away. In a Facebook post Friday, the zoo announced that Fabreeze was euthanized on Monday due to his declining health.

How many Zoos are in the world 2022? ›

With over 10,000 zoos estimated worldwide, holding millions of wild animals in captivity, the scale of the zoo industry is huge.

How do you know if a zoo is ethical? ›

You can get a complete list of AZA-accredited institutions at www.aza.org. If they are not accredited, it may be best to stay away. [If you are in another country you can check the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, that is the worldwide and unifying organization for the world zoo and aquarium community.]

Are aquariums considered Zoos? ›

Aquariums are types of zoos that exclusively house aquatic animals.

Why did Erie zoo loses accreditation? ›

The commission's primary reasons for taking away the zoo's accreditation had to do with the zoo's insufficient funding resources and its lack of modern exhibits, which did not meet the standards of many current zoos.

What's going on with the Columbus Zoo? ›

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has lost its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a decision that zoo leadership said it plans to appeal. Dan Ashe, the president of the AZA said the two major issues were financial mismanagement and concern for animal welfare in one of the zoo's programs.

Which zoo is better Columbus or Cincinnati? ›

Overall: This matchup features some of the best zoos we've seen, and shows Columbus as a 5-3 winner in our Ohio zoo comparison. Columbus Zoo comes in at 2nd on our rankings, with the Cincinnati Zoo not far behind at 5th.

Who runs the AZA? ›

Dr. Candice Dorsey oversees AZA's programs and initiatives surrounding conservation, population management, and animal wellbeing.

How often do Zoos get inspected? ›

An average fully licensed zoo holds over 2,000 animals. Formal inspections should be carried out once every two or three years by qualified government inspectors.

How many Zoos are non profit? ›

What percentage of zoos are not-for-profit? Of the 238 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, 54 percent are not-for-profit.

Why are zoos still legal? ›

By bringing people and animals together, zoos educate the public and foster an appreciation of the other species. Zoos save endangered species by bringing them into a safe environment, where they are protected from poachers, habitat loss, starvation, and predators.

How many zoos treat animals badly? ›

The 15 Disheartening Animals in Captivity Statistics

Animals living in captivity, such as zoos, parks, and aquariums, have very little in the way of legal protection. It's estimated that of all animals held by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, 75% of them have been abused.

Are animals happy in zoos? ›

Animals suffer in zoos. They get depressed, psychologically disturbed, frustrated, they harm each other, become ill, go hungry, and are forced to endure extreme and unnatural temperatures. These animals cannot live as they would wish to live.

Is Smithsonian Zoo AZA accredited? ›

Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Receives Accreditation From Association of Zoos and Aquariums | Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Is Big Cat Rescue AZA? ›

AZA-accredited facilities support conservation efforts around the globe, including contributing over $3.8 million to big cat conservation field projects between 2020 to 2021 Several big cats covered under the legislation – the African lion, cheetah, and jaguar – are part of the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction ...

Is Big Cat Rescue accredited? ›

Accredited sanctuaries, which in the US are all 501(c)(3) nonprofits, exist to rescue, rehabilitate, and care for animals abandoned or abused by humans and cannot be released into the wild. Big Cat Rescue has been GFAS accredited since 2009.

What does it mean to lose accreditation? ›

Accreditation is determined through a series of evaluations to make sure an institution meets the standards of quality education. If the school meets those standards, then they have accreditation. If the school does not meet those standards, then they lose accreditation.

What colleges have lost their accreditation? ›

CollegeStateGraduation Rate
Barber-Scotia CollegeNC69%
Dana CollegeNE49%
Florida Christian CollegeFL42%
Lambuth UniversityTN35%
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Why is it so important to check the accreditation? ›

Checking an institution's accreditation status means you are checking if the institution is accredited to offer a specific qualification. This means that the institution complies with the minimum requirements required in terms of resources and standards required to offer a particular qualification.

What happens if my school loses accreditation after I graduate? ›

However, once a degree plan has been completed, a loss of accreditation does not affect the person seeking employment or career opportunities in any other manner. If the student is seeking additional school such as a master's degree, he or she would need to seek another institution.

What means not accredited? ›

Definition of unaccredited

: not recognized as meeting prescribed standards or requirements : not accredited an unaccredited institution As the school was unaccredited and still didn't offer degrees (as opposed to certificates), they were ineligible for federal loans.—

Is Harvard accredited? ›

Current Accreditation Status

Harvard University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Are unaccredited degrees recognized? ›

Generally speaking, within academic and government circles, such degrees are rejected, but within the business world, they may be acceptable for certain purposes. Using a diploma from an unrecognized institution to obtain employment or for any other purpose is illegal in some states.

Why do colleges lose accreditation? ›

The primary reason many California schools are struggling with accreditation may well be financial. The Fresno Bee reports that within the past four years alone, California community colleges have faced cuts of more than $800 million in state support, which is about 12 percent of their total funding.

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