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E.A.Z.A.
PO Box 20164
1000 HD AMSTERDAM
THE NETHERLANDS
Tél : (31) 20 5200750 / 753
Fax : (31) 20 5200752 / 754
E-mail : info@eaza.net
Www : www.eaza.net

AN ASSOCIATION WITH A MISSION

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) was created in 1992. At first there was the European Community of Zoos and Aquaria (ECAZA), which was founded in 1988, but the fall of the Berlin wall gave rise four years later to the creation of this new, truly pan-European organisation. Its development since has been quite rapid: from the 79 zoos and aquaria that first constituted the membership of EAZA, there are now over 250 members spread over 34 countries. The EAZA is open to all zoos and aquaria provided they meet certain criteria regarding the reproduction of animals, the professionalism of their staff, and practices that safeguard the well-being of their animals. They are also required to abide by international laws and regulations regarding the acquisition, transportation, and possession of animals.

CONSERVATION

The main objective of members of EAZA is to play a significant role in the conservation of endangered species (which today concerns over 200 species that include the panda, the Siberian tiger, and the okapi among others) by participating in European programs involved in this effort and to provide support for scientific research. Taking their cue from the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria's 1993 charter, the EAZA wrote up a directive for zoos in the EU that went into effect in 1999. The goal of this directive: the protection of wild fauna and conservation of biodiversity.
The association also has a pedagogical mission to raise awareness of the necessity of conservation. This message gets across to some 125 million visitors each year.

09/25/2001


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