Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria  

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

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

ARAZPA is working towards developing zoos and aquariums as centres of excellence in conservation, education and research.


2006 ARAZPA Conference Proceedings
The 2006 ARAZPA Conference was hosted by Perth Zoo.  Held in the zoo grounds, the sounds and smells of the zoo made a great setting for the conference.  The ARAZPA conference theme was "Integration: The Challenge for Conservation".  The papers presentations are now available for download.
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Announcing the 2006 ARAZPA Award winners....

The ARAZPA awards are an annual event that celebrates excellence in the core areas of zoo and aquarium activity.  These prestigious awards recognise outstanding achievements of conservation, education, research, exhibit design, publication production and professional excellence in Australasian zoos and aquariums.   

The ARAZPA Exhibit Awards are awarded in recognition of excellence in an animal display and exhibit design, opened to the public during the preceding year

The 2006 ARAZPA Exhibit award for a large scale development was presented to: Healesville Sanctuary, Zoos Victoria for The Australian Wildlife Health Centre

 The 2006 ARAZPA Exhibit award for a small scale development is presented to: Orana Wildlife Park for Siamang Gibbon Island

The ARAZPA Education Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in educational program design. Education programs were judged on their ability to promote awareness of conservation issues, show innovation, and measure success.

The 2006 ARAZPA Education award was presented to: Healesville Sanctuary, Zoos Victoria for Vet For A Day.

The ARAZPA In Situ Conservation Award is awarded in recognition of exceptional effort by an ARAZPA institution towards habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild. T

The 2006 ARAZPA In Situ Conservation award is jointly presented to:

  • Pukaha Mt Bruce for Conservation and Restoration of New Zealand Fauna and Flora

  • Auckland Zoo for Management in Reestablishment of the Campbell Island Teal on Campbell Island

The ARAZPA Research Award  is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in scientific research in ARAZPA institutions. Research projects will be judged on their ability to add to knowledge relevant to species conservation efforts and show innovation.

The 2006 ARAZPA Research award was presented to: Zoological Parks Board of NSW for Australian Marine Mammal Research Centre Leopard Seal Program.

The ARAZPA Publication Award is awarded in recognition of excellence in publication production

The 2006 ARAZPA Publication award was presented to: Auckland Zoo for the Auckland Zoological Park Annual Report 2004-2005.

The ARAZPA Award for Professional Excellence is an occasional award, bestowed by the ARAZPA Board in recognition of an individual’s long term, outstanding contributions to the zoo and aquarium profession and its science or technology. 

The ARAZPA award for professional excellence was presented to: Graeme Phipps

Congratulations to all the award winners!


April 2006 - Sumatran Tiger Conservation Lecture Tour

Debbie Martyr, of Fauna and Flora International and a leading figure in Sumatran tiger conservation visited Australia and New Zealand in April 2006. Debbie gave a presentation at a number of ARAZPA member zoos, to raise money for tiger conservation in Sumatra.

Debbie’s presentation focused on the work of the Kerinci Seblat Tiger Protection and Conservation Program and law enforcement units, to date one of the most successful conservation programs in Indonesia.  21st Century Tiger and the ARAZPA Wildlife Conservation Fund endorses both the project and the presentation tour.

100% of tour proceeds forwarded to the ARAZPA Wildlife Conservation Fund will reach the Kerinci Seblat Tiger Protection and Conservation Program.  Debbie Martyr’s travel expenses have been kindly covered by Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

Further information can be obtained from the ARAZPA office, email:

Upcoming Meetings
A list of  dates and information for upcoming meetings and conferences, both in the Australasian region and further a field.

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The World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy: Building a better future for wildlife launched.
This  document is a blueprint for conservation in zoos and aquariums.  The launch was hosted by Melbourne Zoo in their Trail of the Elephants exhibit as part of the joint conference of ARAZPA and the South East Asian Zoo Association (SEAZA)

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ARAZPA Great Ape Campaign
Through the ARAZPA Wildlife Conservation Fund, zoos, aquariums and individuals are invited to join the ARAZPA Great Ape Campaign.  Funds are being raised for four projects helping conserve the orang-utan, gorilla, chimpanzee and the silvery gibbon.
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