+Binder Park Zoo has recently been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) an organization that sets the standards for zoos across the United States. This prestigious achievement identifies Binder Park Zoo as one of the leading zoological institutions in the country, which has been attained by only 229 zoological institutions in North America.
To be accredited, Binder Park Zoo underwent a thorough review of all areas of the zoo to ensure it has and will continue to meet AZA’s standards. This accreditation process is required of all AZA accredited zoos every five years to maintain their membership through the Association. Binder Park Zoo has continued to meet these requirements since 1983 when they were one of the first two zoos accredited in Michigan. There are currently five accredited zoological institutions in Michigan.
“Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “The community should take great pride in knowing that Binder Park Zoo is a proven leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in inspiring people to take action to protect the natural world.”
Founded in 1924, AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the world leader in establishing and maintaining high standards for zoos and aquariums through their accreditation process. Accreditation is a detailed and highly demanding review and inspection process covering all aspects of an institution’s operation including animal collection; veterinary care; physical facilities; safety; security; finance; staff; governing authority; support; involvement in education, conservation, and research; and adherence to AZA policies. To be accredited, an institution must be a permanent cultural facility, which owns and maintains wildlife, is open to the public on a regular basis and is under the direction of a professional staff. Accreditation takes place every five years and is required for zoos and aquariums to be members of AZA.