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 www.aza.org.