Since 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) has been a national leader in the museum field. AAM represents museums of every kind, from art to zoo, advocating for their public service role and promoting an understanding of their missions and purpose.
Did You Know?… The estimated 16,000 museums in the United States receive more than 850 million visits per year, more than all the country's professional baseball, football, and basketball sporting events combined.
One of AAM's primary goals is to help develop and promote the highest professional standards in all phases of museum operations-including management and finance, conservation, ethics, education, community involvement, audience research, and more.
|AAZK||The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. began in 1967 in San Diego, CA with the purpose of promoting professionalism in zoo keeping through education of zoological staff members in the most modern and current techniques of captive exotic animal care. AAZK's mission is to provide a resource and a forum of continuing education for the animal care professional and to support zoo and aquarium personnel in their roles as animal care givers, scientific researchers, public educators and conservationists; to promote zoos and aquariums as cultural establishments dedicated to the enrichment of human and natural resources; to foster the exchange of research materials, enrichment options and husbandry information through publications and conferences which will lead to a greater understanding of the needs and requirements of all animals.|
|AMMPA||The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums is an international association of marine life parks, aquariums, zoos, research facilities, and professional organizations dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education, scientific study, and wildlife presentations.|
|AZA||American Zoo and Aquarium Association is the largest national zoo association in the world with 212 accredited members.
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums undergo a rigorous six-month long review as well as an on-site inspection by a team of experts who examine the animal collection, veterinary care, the exhibits and physical facilities, safety, security, finances, staffing, and involvement in education, conservation, and research. Once awarded, accreditation must be renewed every five years.
It is affiliated to WAZA.
|AZH||The Association of Zoological Horticulture is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of zoo horticulture in zoological parks, gardens and aquariums.
The advent of natural habitat exhibits in zoos during the 1960s and 1970s demonstrated the need for well trained as well as informed zoo horticulturists. One of the key elements in natural habitat exhibits is a holistic approach to exhibit design. The horticulturist is involved in the exhibit design from its beginning to advise and present the plant needs for the exhibit, and to follow the project to its conclusion.
|AZVT||The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (A.Z.V.T.) was formed when a group of 13 zoo veterinary technicians and medical technologists met to discuss the need for a forum of continuing education in their highly specialized field. A.Z.V.T. began with 29 members in 1981 and has grown to almost 400 members from around the world.|
|The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a non-profit organization established to promote the welfare of and encourage the advancement and improvement of zoology, recreation, education conservation and science.|
|CAZA (2)||The California Association of Zoos and Aquariums, known as CAZA, consists of 23 zoos and aquariums, as well as numerous Associate and Commercial Members. The 20 Voting Members are institutions accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA).
CAZA began in 1986 and was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization in 1992. Collectively, the member zoos and aquariums are host to over 20 million visitors each year and serve more than 500,000 households of devoted zoo and aquarium members.
|CBSG||Conservation Breeding Specialist Group cares about saving endangered species and habitat. It bases its mission and activities on the development and implementation of scientifically sound processes. CBSG takes a leadership position in the conservation community based on cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and inter-sector partnerships. CBSG champions openness, inclusiveness, morality, ethics and risk-taking. It constantly evolves in response to the needs of all those concerned with conserving the planet's biodiversity. It depends on the warmth, support, acceptance and vitality of its extended community.|
|IAAAM||The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) is an organization of individuals who are professionally interested in and devote a significant amount of time to the practice of aquatic animal medicine, teaching and research in aquatic animal medicine, or the husbandry and management of aquatic animals.|
|IMATA||The International Marine Animal Trainers Association was founded to foster communication, professionalism, and cooperation among those who serve marine mammal science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation and education. Specifically, IMATA recognizes its role and responsibilities to the continued existence of oceanaria, aquaria and laboratories housing marine mammals.
IMATA will provide opportunities through which marine animal trainers can exchange and disseminate current knowledge, research and other information among themselves in professional and social settings. In addition, IMATA seeks to maintain a positive public image by preparing its members to act as ambassadors of the marine animal community.
|IMAX||Imax Corp is an entertainment technology company specializing in large-format film images, three-dimensional (3-D) film presentations and large-format post production.
|ISIS||I.S.I.S. (International Species Information System) is a computer-based information system for wild animal species held in captivity. The ISIS central database contains information on over 1.65 million zoological animals of nearly 15,000+taxa, approximately 10,000 species held in 586 institutions in 72 countries on 6 continents. ISIS’ Animal Records Keeping System (ARKS) is used for institutional animal records by its’ members. ISIS offers services of immediate use to zoological institutions, and is building an accessible archive of the data needed for the longer term. Basic biological information such as age, sex, parentage, place of birth, and circumstance of death is collected by ISIS and used for many different kinds of reports and analyses of the status of captive populations. ISIS also serves as a center for cooperative development of zoological software for in-facility use. Software development costs are therefore spread across a large number of institutions - making professional software and professional-level support available to all participants at a reasonable cost.|
|IUCN||The World Conservation Union was founded in 1948 and brings together 78 states, 112 government agencies, 735 NGOs, 35 affiliates, and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.Within the framework of global conventions IUCN has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies.IUCN has approximately 1000 staff, most of whom are located in its 42 regional and country offices while 100 work at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.
Founded on 5 October 1948 as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (IUPN), following on an international conference in Fontainebleau, France. The organization changed its name into International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in 1956. In 1990 it was shortened to IUCN -The World Conservation Union.
|IZE||International Association of Zoo Educatorsis an association dedicated to expanding the educational impact on zoos and aquariums worldwide. Its dual mission is to improve the education programs in the facilities of its members and to provide access to the latest thinking, techniques, and information in conservation education. IZE facilitates communication and professional development among zoo/aquarium educators and supports liaison with related organizations such as WAZA (The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and CBSG (Conservation Breeding Specialist Group).|
|SAME||The Southern Association of Marine Educators brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water - both fresh and salt. SAME provides a valuable focus for marine and aquatic studies all over the Central Gulf of Mexico (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Panhandle of Florida).|
|SSC||With more than 7000 members, the Species Survival Commission advises the IUCN on the technical aspects of species conservation, and mobilizes action by the conservation community for conservation of species threatened with extinction and those important for human welfare.|
|SSP||The Species Survival Plan program began in 1981 as a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species in zoos and aquariums in North America. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.
Beyond this, SSPs participate in a variety of other cooperative conservation activities, such as research, public education, reintroduction and field projects. Currently, 106 SSPs covering 161 individual species are administered by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, whose membership includes accredited zoos and aquariums throughout North America.
|WAZA||The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is the "umbrella" organisation of the world zoo and aquarium community. It's members include leading zoos and aquariums and regional and national Associations of Zoos and Aquariums from around the world. Together they are united for Conservation.
WAZA was originally founded in Rotterdam in 1946 as the International Union of Directors of Zoological Gardens (IUDZG). In 2000 it was renamed as WAZA to reflect a more modern institution working together at a global level building cooperative approaches to common needs, to tackle common issues, to share information and knowledge, and to represent this community in other international bodies such as the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
|ZRA||The Zoological Registrars Association (ZRA) began in 1984 with a group of 13 registrars who met at the Brookfield Zoo to discuss records, transactions and other registrar duties. Over the past nineteen years the membership has grown to over 130 members from around the world. The meeting in 1984 was the beginning of our annual meetings that are held each year in the fall. The early meetings consisted of casual round tables covering topics on animal records, legislation, data management and transaction issues. Our conferences now feature interactive updates on the latest animal record technology and panel discussions on topics such as shipping/transport, legislation, transactions and more as well as speakers with expertise in permitting and regulatory issues.
In addition to the annual conference the ZRA has a listserve that is a great way for our members to share information and ideas and answer those pesky questions that you can 't find the answers for throughout the year.