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AZA Accreditation & Certification - Why is it important?

"Accreditation" means official recognition and approval of a zoo or aquarium by a group of experts. These experts, called the AZA Accreditation Commission, carefully examine each zoo or aquarium that applies for AZA membership. Private facilities not open to the public are "Certified" and are held to the same standards regarding animal care. Only those zoos and aquariums that meet AZA's high standards can become members of the AZA.

There are some ten thousand private organizations that house animals in the United States, but less than twenty of them are certified by the AZA - so the Dewar Wildlife was in rare company.

AZA's "Stamp of Approval" is very important for an institution as it distinguishes it in these areas:

  • Instills public confidence that an institution meets or exceeds current professional standards

  • Provides a publicly recognized badge signifying excellence in, and commitment to, such things as animal care, conservation and education

  • Distinguishes AZA-accredited zoos, aquariums and sanctuaries from "roadside zoos."

For further information on Accreditaton and Certification, see the AZA Website

Dewar Wildlife was certified by the

as a related facility

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