Center for Zoo Animal Welfare and Ethics


The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare and Ethics (CZAWE) is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.

The Center has five goals:

  1. Acquire and make easily accessible to zoo and aquarium professionals the current body of knowledge on animal welfare.
  2. Conduct and facilitate welfare assessments and applied welfare research on captive exotic animals.
  3. Convene important discussions and presentations on captive exotic animal welfare.
  4. Train professionals on captive exotic animal welfare best practices and policies.
  5. Recognize advances in improving captive exotic animal welfare through awards.


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