The Fort Worth Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoological Association of America (ZAA), and most recently in 2017, the American Humane Association (AHA).
Last year was the first year for the Zoo to receive the AHA certification. The AHA is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare and wellbeing. This certification is the first-ever program devoted to helping verify the humane treatment of animals in zoos, aquariums and conservation centers around the world. The Zoo was the first Texas organization and one of only 14 U.S. institutions to currently hold this designation.
The Zoo has been accredited by AZA for more than 25 years and ZAA since 2002. Every five years, staff is subject to written reports, in-person reviews and facility inspections from both organizations. The Zoo is proud to be an accredited member of both AZA and ZAA. The AZA represents more than 230 institutions that have met the high standards in animal care and welfare. The ZAA has more than 60 accredited members and its accreditation process is contingent upon maintaining standards of animal welfare, as well as public and staff safety.