EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) is the membership organization of the leading zoos and aquariums in Europe and Western Asia

Formed in 1992, EAZA’s (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) works to facilitate cooperation within the Europe and Western Asia zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation. Our mission is as follows:


EAZA is the Membership organisation that sets the standard for progressive zoos and aquariums and other partners across Europe, Western Asia and beyond.  ​We strive continuously to define and demonstrate excellence in integrated species conservation through a transparent and collaborative approach to population management, wild animal care and welfare, representation with international organisations, conservation education, and scientific research. 

We believe that zoos and aquariums have a strong role to play in protecting nature and wildlife both at our institutions and out in the field. By ensuring that our Member zoos and aquariums achieve and maintain the highest standards of care and welfare for the species they keep, EAZA empowers European citizens to learn about and contribute to global biodiversity conservation goals. It is estimated that more than 140 million people visit EAZA Members each year, equivalent to approximately one in five European citizens.

These activities underpin achievement of our vision:


Progressive Zoos and Aquariums Saving Species Together With You

Saving Species Together With You

Cover Book EAZA

The cooperative work of EAZA Members is described in detail in our short book Saving Species Together With You

You can download the full book or individual chapters by clicking the links below:

Saving Species Together With You (full book)

Find here the full book kindly translated into Russian by Kaliningrad Zoo.


European Union LIFE NGO operating grants

From 2016 until 2021 EAZA was a beneficiary of European Union LIFE NGO operating grants. This valuable support enabled EAZA to expand its activities in a variety of areas relating to European environmental and climate actions.

The European Union is not responsible for the views displayed in publications and/or in conjunction with the activities for which the grant was used.