Los Angeles Zoo Receives Renewed National Accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

CONTACT: April Spurlock

April 4, 2017

Association of Zoos & Aquariums LogoThe Los Angeles Zoo has been awarded its accreditation approval for the next five years from the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission following a scheduled hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

“By meeting the highest standards, the Los Angeles Zoo is regarded as among the world’s best zoos and aquariums,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “The Los Angeles Zoo is a proven leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in inspiring people to take action to protect the natural world.”

To be accredited, the L.A. Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

“Everyone at the Zoo contributed to this impressive accomplishment,” said Los Angeles Zoo Director John Lewis. “We value AZA’s esteemed stamp of approval, and we will continue to ensure the highest level of animal welfare and inspire an appreciation of wildlife through exhibitry and education as we look to the future of the L.A. Zoo.”

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, including animal care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas. Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied. Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

The Los Angeles Zoo has been a proud accredited member of the AZA since 1979 and has undergone seven successful reaccreditations to date.

About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

About the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. Through AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, AZA-accredited facilities are collectively working to use their conservation science, wildlife expertise and the 183 million visitors to save species in the wild by identifying threats, developing action plans, raising new resources and engaging the public. To learn more, visit http://www.aza.org.