Spring, Maryland (September 25, 2009)
– The
Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Utah’s Hogle Zoo
was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation


"Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one
of the best in the world because it has met the highest standards in the world,"
said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. "It takes hard work and a sustained
commitment to excellence to meet Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation

To be
accredited, Utah’s Hogle Zoo underwent a thorough
investigation to insure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards,
which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and
safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous
accreditation process in order to be members of the Association, and are
required to resubmit to this process every five years. 


Utah’s Hogle Zoo is also
a great place for people to connect with nature," Maddy added. "Members of the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums support their schools and communities with
science-based wildlife education programs that not only inform, but also inspire
conservation action."


accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site
inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting
team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation in areas such as animal
care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff, and animals; educational
programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk
management; visitor services; and other areas.  The inspection team prepares an extensive written report for the
Accreditation Commission.  Finally, top
officials are interviewed at a formal Commission hearing, after which
accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.  Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the
Commission’s decision is made.


in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation,
education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a
zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution
dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you,
and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited
members, the AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to
helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, please visit