Representing the leading and progressive zoos and aquaria of Europe
Membership is open to all zoos and aquariums in Europe that are willing to comply with EAZA's standards and are committed to high levels of professionalism. Obligations have to be met with regard to breeding programme participation, animal husbandry practices, ethics, staff quality and conservation education. Compliance with national and international legislation regarding animal and plant acquisition, possession and transport is also mandatory.
Full Membership - granted to a zoo or aquarium located in a European country that maintains suitable standards of management and animal husbandry and complies with all other EAZA standards.
Associate Membership - can be granted to professional organisations or groups deemed fit by the EAZA Council. Zoos and aquariums that fulfil the criteria put forward for Full Membership but are not located in a European country can also become Associate members.
Temporary (Associate) Membership - granted to zoos and aquariums that do not yet meet the standards required for Full/Associate Membership of EAZA. These institutions will be judged as being capable of reaching Full/Associate Membership within a one to two year timeframe.
Temporary Membership Under Construction - granted to zoos and aquariums that are under construction and want to apply for Full Membership directly after opening.
Candidate for Membership - can be granted to institutions that are working towards compliance with EAZA accreditation standards. Institutions in this category are offered a range of technical assistance and consultancy, mainly provided and supervised by the EAZA Committee on Technical Assistance.
Honorary Membership - can be awarded, to the discretion of EAZA Council, to any individual, representative of a professional organisation or any other institution, whose activities and actions have greatly benefited the association.
Corporate Membership - granted to companies supplying goods and services to zoos and aquariums.
Being a Member of EAZA demonstrates your commitment to everything a modern zoo or aquarium should be: progressive centres of excellence for conservation, learning, research, and animal welfare. By joining EAZA, you can access all the resources and collaborative work listed in our Benefits of Membership brochure, which can help your institution realise its full potential in all aspects of running a zoo or aquarium.
Benefits in summary
Each year many zoos and aquariums in Europe apply for membership of EAZA. Applicant institutions go through a thorough accreditation procedure which may take up more than one year. The procedure includes completing an extensive Accreditation Questionnaire and a screening mission on site.
A zoo or aquarium wishing to join EAZA should review the key policies and standards of the association to ensure that it meets the requirements for membership, or is likely to be capable of doing so within a reasonable timeframe. You should note that all applicants must be a member of Species360 and the majority of their animal collection should be submitted into ZIMS. The three-step procedure can be outlined as follows:
EAZA is a growing organisation and its standards are constantly reviewed and upgraded. Applicants and members alike should regularly review the currently applicable standards and policies and should contact the EAZA Executive Office if further guidance is required. As of 2009 steps are being taken towards the introduction of a voluntary reaccreditation scheme for all members.
Note: Please be aware that when your institution falls into the category of Associate Membership, the application process is slightly different and simplified (including a different membership fee scheme). If you would like to receive additional information or apply as an Associate member, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the application fee of €525 and the entrance fee of €785, EAZA Members are obliged to pay an annual membership fee. Members are classified into eight categories according to their membership category and the number of paying visitors to their institution in 2016.
The membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June. Membership fees should be paid before 1 August. Members that pay their membership fee after this date are obliged to pay €250 administration costs. Besides financial implications, certain membership services may also be terminated until payment has been received.