Representing the leading and progressive zoos and aquariums of Europe and the Middle East
Membership is open to all zoos and aquariums in Europe and the Middle East 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 population management programme participation, animal husbandry practices, ethics, staff quality, 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 or Middle East 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 fulfill the criteria put forward for Full Membership but are not located in a European or Middle East country can also become Associate Members.
EAZA offers the following forms of Associate Membership: Non-Public, Zoo/Aquarium, Education-based and Conservation-based, as well as Associate Membership for Zoo staff organisations and Membership-related organisations.
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 and the Middle East 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. Please 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 is outlined as follows:
The application procedure for Associate Membership is slightly different (including a different membership fee scheme), and might be simplified depending on the type of Associate Membership. If you would like to receive additional information or apply as an Associate Member, please contact email@example.com. Full explanations about membership categories and the accreditation and decision-making processes can be found in the Membership and Accreditation Manual.
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 2012, existing Members must also participate in a cyclical re-accreditation procedure in order to maintain their membership.
Note: Please note that EAZA is currently experiencing a delay in new Member application processing due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and a focus on existing Member accreditation.
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 different categories according to their type of membership and/or the number of paying visitors to their institution.
In April 2023, the Annual General Meeting agreed to (re-) apply the standard 3% annual increase to allow for inflation related to regular core expenses. This was after a period of three years where it was not applied in order to support Members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the impending energy crisis, EAZA Council agreed to extend the payment deadline from 31 March 2023 to 30 June 2023.
Details about the specific membership structure and fees are in this document.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.