European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) is an organisation for the European zoo and aquarium community that links over 340 member organisations in 41 countries. It operates the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).[1] The organisation is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
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FocusTo facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation.[2]
Area served
Member of WAZA[3] and IUCN[4]

EAZA membership is open to all zoos and aquaria across Europe that comply with EAZA's standards. Member zoos and aquariums and other associate members can be found in the European Union, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Norway, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The mission of the association is to promote cooperation for furthering regional collection planning and wildlife conservation, mainly through coordinated breeding programs of wild animals such as the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The organisation promotes educational activities and advises EU lawmakers through standing committees of the European Parliament and the European Council.

Up until 2014, the EAZA receives no government subsidies.[5][clarification needed]

In 2004 EAZA founded the organisation Shellshock to protect tortoises and turtles.[6] Its mascot is Oscar the Turtle, a character from the British TV series Creature comforts. It collected over €250,000 in its first year.


Every two years EAZA launches a campaign dedicated to a threatened species or a threatened Environment. The campaign's aims are to draw attention to the problem, to promote biodiversity awareness, raise funds for special projects and to do lobbying work in national governments and international organizations.

The campaigns address EAZA members to get involved in the themes and to spread information about the importance of biodiversity and its conservation to the visitors.

EAZA started the first project in 2000 with the bushmeat campaign about the unsustainable and illegal hunt and trade of threatened wildlife. The current campaign has a focus on the disappearance of many Asian songbird species because of the illegal trade in birds for songbird contests, which are popular in the region.


  • 2017/2019: Silent Forest – Asian songbird crisis
  • 2015/2017: Let it Grow
  • 2014/2015: Pole to Pole
  • 2011/2013: Southeast Asia (with IUCN Species Survival commission)
  • 2010/2011: Apes
  • 2008/2010: European Carnivore
  • 2007/2008: Amphibian
  • 2006/2007: Madagascar
  • 2005/2006: Rhino
  • 2004/2005: ShellShock
  • 2002/2004: Tiger
  • 2001/2002: Rainforest
  • 2000/2001: Bushmeat

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "European Association of Zoos and Aquaria". EAZA. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. ^ "About EAZA". EAZA. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Members". WAZA. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Members Database". IUCN. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Beantwoording vragen over fokken en doden van gezonde dieren in dierentuinen" (PDF) (in Dutch). Ministry of Economic Affairs (Netherlands). 25 March 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "CAMPAIGNS » EAZA". Retrieved 2017-09-14.

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