Archive: Detroit Zoo Accredited by Association of Zoos & Aquariums

September 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoo has been granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission, marking the sixth consecutive time over the past three decades the Zoo has been accredited.

“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits only those zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards and are proven leaders in the care and conservation of wildlife,” said AZA Interim President and CEO Kris Vehrs.  “When people visit the Detroit Zoo, they are not only supporting the work of a strong conservation organization but they are also taking action themselves in learning more about these species so we can all make a positive impact on protecting their future.”

To be accredited, the Detroit Zoo underwent a thorough review to assure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety.  AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals.  The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, including animal care and welfare; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas.  Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled or denied.  Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation.  AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries.  To learn more, visit