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Association of Zoos & Aquariums Grants Accreditation to the Birmingham Zoo – August 28th, 2022

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Birmingham Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. AZA is the independent accrediting organization for the best zoos and aquariums in North America and the world, assuring the public that when they visit an AZA-accredited facility, it meets the highest standards for animal care and welfare. AZA accreditation standards are considered the “gold” standard for Zoos and Aquariums in all aspects of operations, animal care and welfare, education and conservation.

To be accredited, the Birmingham Zoo submitted a lengthy application and underwent a thorough inspection and examination by recognized experts in animal welfare and zoo operations to ensure it has and will continue to meet the ever-rising standards of animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. Additionally, the inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation in areas such as staff training; safety; financial stability; risk management; and visitor services.  AZA requires zoos and aquariums to complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years to be accredited members of the Association.

“We are extremely proud to have achieved AZA Accreditation through maintaining the highest standards in animal care and welfare and providing a fun, safe and educational family experience,” said Chris Pfefferkorn, Birmingham Zoo President, and CEO. “This is a testament to the outstanding leadership of your Zoo’s Board of Directors and the dedication and commitment of the Zoo’s staff. We appreciate the continued support of the community in recognizing that we are a vital resource for working together to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in the conservation of our natural world.”

View Birmingham Zoo Announces Association of Zoos & Aquariums Grants Accreditation to the Birmingham Zoo Press release HERE.