European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

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The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria ( EAZA ) is a zoo horticultural association to which around 300 zoos , aquariums and zoo associations from Europe and the Middle East belong. The Amsterdam-based association is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).


In 1988 the European Community Association of Zoos and Aquaria (ECAZA) was founded. Founding members were 18 animal horticultural institutions from 8 countries. The main objective at the time was to exert political influence on a legislative procedure that provided for transnational standards for zoological gardens and aquariums and actually brought about the EU zoo directive in 1999. After the fall of the Iron Curtain , the way was paved for a pan-European zoo association. The proposal to expand the association accordingly was introduced by Gunther Nogge during the 1990 annual general meeting in Bristol . Two years later, at the 1992 annual general meeting in Stuttgart, the association was officially transformed into EAZA. The EEP Executive Office, which previously existed independently of the association, was integrated into the EAZA at the same time. Since 1994 the EEP conference has been held during the EAZA annual general meeting.

EAZA today

In line with the broad spectrum of zootechnical work, the Executive Committee has been joined by numerous other committees over the years: Veterinary Committee (1989), Membership and Ethics Committee, Legislation Committee, Aquarium Committee (all 1992), Technical Assistance and Animal Welfare Committee ( 1993), Education Committee, Research Committee (both 1995), Conservation Committee (1998) and Marketing Committee (2000). The EEP Committee has existed since 1985 and is therefore older than the EAZA. Thomas Kauffels , Director of the Opel Zoo in Kronberg im Taunus , has been Chairman of EAZA since 2016 .


The EAZA dedicates one or two years to a particularly threatened group of animals or a threatened habitat with a species protection campaign that is always started during the annual conference in September. Zoo visitors are made striking about species protection problems and can donate money for selected conservation projects. The current Let It Grow campaign is carried out jointly with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the European Collaborative for Science, Industry & Technology Exhibitions (ECSITE) and is dedicated to the loss of biodiversity and the invasion of neobiota in ecosystems.

Previous campaigns:

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Notes and individual references

  1. ↑ Council Directive 1999/22 / EC of March 29, 1999 on the keeping of wild animals in zoos.
  2. ^ Gunther Nogge: Fifteen years E (C) AZA. In: EAZA News 44 (Oct / Nov / Dec), pp. 5-8.
  3. ^ Gunther Nogge: Fifteen years E (C) AZA. In: EAZA News 44 (Oct / Nov / Dec), pp. 5-8.
  4. Director of a VdZ zoo takes over the chairmanship of the European Zoo Association. Communication from the Association of Zoological Gardens of May 13, 2016, accessed on May 15, 2016.
  5. ^ EAZA Campaigns. In: Retrieved October 14, 2019 .