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Henry Vilas Zoo:  Proud Member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Zoos and aquariums are fun and educational to visit, but you can feel great about your visit to Henry Vilas Zoo for other reasons, too. As an institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we've met rigorous, professional standards for animal management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation and research, education, safety, staffing, and more.

Fewer than 10% of the USDA-licensed wildlife exhibitors in the United States are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We are proud that Henry Vilas Zoo has met the high standards set by AZA.  We know people are increasingly interested in animal welfare and in connecting with nature. This is at the heart of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Looking for the AZA accreditation seal is the simplest way to be sure you're not just being entertained, but you're patronizing a facility where high quality animal care is paramount and conservation education programs are based on solid science.


AZA Conservation Efforts

AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation. Each year, AZA member institutions participate in about two thousand conservation projects in about 100 countries and invest tens of millions of dollars in programs to help wildlife. In addition, every year staff at these institutions contribute to our understanding of wildlife biology and conservation by publishing hundreds of books, book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings papers, posters, theses or dissertations.  AZA participates in a number of international treaties and conventions impacting wildlife, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Whaling Commission, and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For more information on any of these efforts, visit