Formed in 1992, EAZA’s mission is to facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation.
We believe that zoos and aquaria have a strong role to play in protecting nature and wildlife both at our institutions and out in the field, by:
- Providing funding and manpower to in situ conservation projects aimed at protecting animal populations and their habitats
- Maintaining viable populations of animals in human care to ensure their survival over the long term
- Educating our visitors about animals and their habitats and providing them with the knowledge and opportunities they need to live sustainably as part of nature
- Researching all aspects of animal biology to improve our understanding of animals and how they live and interact
By ensuring that its member zoos and aquariums achieve and maintain the highest standards of care and breeding 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.
To be the most dynamic, innovative and effective zoo and aquarium membership organisation in Europe and the Middle East
To facilitate co-operation within the European zoo and aquarium community with the aim of furthering its professional quality in keeping animals and presenting them for the education of the public, and of contributing to scientific research and to the conservation of global biodiversity. It will achieve these aims through stimulation, facilitation and co-ordination of the community’s efforts in education, conservation and scientific research, through the enhancement of co-operation with all relevant organisations and through influencing relevant legislation within the EU.” (EAZA Strategy 2013-2016).