Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria


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ARAZPA (Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria) is the peak zoo and aquarium organisation in the Australasian region.

ARAZPA was formally established on 3rd April 1990, at Auckland Zoo, New Zealand, and was incorporated in Victoria, Australia, on 30th April 1991. 

ARAZPA's membership includes the major zoos and aquariums in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific Islands.

ARAZPA member institutions support the principles outlined in the World Zoo Conservation Strategy, and continue to develop zoos and aquariums as centres of excellence in conservation, education and research.

The ARAZPA mission statement is:

"To harness the collective resources of zoos and aquariums to help conserve biodiversity in the natural environment".

Under ARAZPA’s Australasian Species Management Program, member institutions collaborate to plan and manage their animal collections in ways that improve their sustainability and contribute to species conservation.

ARAZPA’s Wildlife Conservation Fund is a major funding initiative aimed at providing crucial funding to projects, conserving threatened species in the wild. Species currently receiving support from the Wildlife Conservation Fund include Sumatran tiger, great apes, Coxen's Fig Parrot, Owston's Palm Civert, Asian Turtles, and the list is always growing.

Through ARAZPA’s professional network of, the various Specialist Advisory Groups, regional and national projects and campaigns are established, including Australasian-wide initiatives in zoo and aquarium education, marketing, and conservation fundraising.

ARAZPA is overseen by a Board of Management elected by the members of ARAZPA, and staffs a Science and Administration Office located in the grounds of Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia.  In addition, the ARAZPA New Zealand Branch office operates from Auckland Zoo, New Zealand.

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