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.


Membership categories

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 individuals, 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 zoos under construction (not yet open to the public) in Eastern and Central Europe and to those 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 Membershipcan be awarded to any individual, professional organisation or group who have substantively contributed towards the success of EAZA. Once proposed, the decision on Honorary Membership is made by EAZA Council.

Corporate Membership - granted to companies supplying goods and services to zoos and aquariums. 


Membership Benefits

EAZA can help your zoo or aquarium...

  • locate and exchange animals via participation in breeding programmes and the web-based Available & Wanted list
  • enhance your reputation through successfully completing EAZA's accreditation programme
  • participate in worldwide conservation work and EAZA's annual conservation campaigns
  • compare your marketing efforts and results with others
  • learn from your colleagues through regular training schemes
  • evaluate and improve your education programmes
  • access and influence European policymakers
  • meet and network with over 300 zoos and aquariums in 34 countries
  • benefit from EAZA's strong links with WAZA, IUCN, Species360, and other global and regional organisations
  • advertise your events and vacancies on the EAZA website
  • attend the EAZA Annual Conference
  • obtain technical support on population management tools such as SPARKS/ZIMS
  • and much more!

Applying for Membership - Three Steps

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:

  1. A detailed Accreditation Questionnaire, which can be obtained from the EAZA Executive Office (joni.hut@eaza.net), should be completed and returned along with a non-refundable application fee of €525. This document will be reviewed by the EAZA Membership & Ethics Committee which decides whether the institution can proceed to the next stage. 
  2. A Screening Team consisting of two professional staff members of EAZA member institutions and an EAZA Executive Office reporter will visit the applicant institution to determine whether it meets the required standards. The applicant institution is obliged to pay all travel and accommodation expenses for the Screening Team. 
  3. The Screening Mission Report produced by the Screening Team will be submitted to the EAZA Membership & Ethics Committee with advice on whether or not to award a certain category of membership. The Committee will then make a recommendation to Council, after which the Council makes the final decision on membership. If the applicant institution is accepted as a member of EAZA it will be obliged to pay an entrance fee of €785.

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 joni.hut@eaza.net.

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Costs of Membership

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.

EAZA Membership fee structure 2018/2019

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.