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Infographic: What Security Standards Exist for Zoos and Aquariums?

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) represents more than 235 facilities in 13 different countries that draw more than 200 million visitors each year.

“AZA is the independent accrediting organization for the best zoos and the best aquariums in 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,” according to the AZA. “Less than 10 percent of the 2,800 wildlife exhibitors licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act meet the comprehensive standards of AZA accreditation. The highly trained professionals at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums provide excellent care for more than 800,000 animals, making them leading experts in animal care and welfare.”