The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the unifying organization for the world zoo and aquarium community. Its mission is to lead and support zoos, aquariums, and other organizations dedicated towards animal welfare/conservaion, environment education, and global conservation.
Leading zoos and aquariums, regional and national associations of zoos and aquariums, zoo veterinarians, zoo educators, and other conservation organizations all around the world are members of WAZA.
Some of the activities of WAZA are:
Promoting cooperation between zoological gardens and aquariums in relation to the conservation, management and breeding of animals in captivity.
Encouraging highest standards of animal welfare and husbandry.
Promoting and coordinating cooperation between national and regional associations and their constituents.
Assisting in representing zoological gardens and aquariums in other international organizations or assemblies.
Promoting wildlife conservation, environmental research, and environmental education.