California Association of
Zoos and Aquariums

Located throughout the state, California's zoos and aquariums are significant components of its cultural resources. The California Association of Zoos and Aquariums, known as CAZA, consists of 21 Voting Members accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), an international organization founded in 1924.

CAZA began in 1986 and was incorporated as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization in 1992. Collectively, CAZA's member zoos and aquariums serve more than 500,000 member households and host over 20 million visitors each year. Combined, CAZA institutions reflect a financial contribution of more than $1.8 billion annually to the State's economy.

In addition, CAZA's member zoos and aquariums use their facilities and resources to help educate thousands of California students, preschool through college, about conservation and biology.

California's zoo and aquarium community is a microcosm of the zoo and aquarium network throughout the country - with each institution sharing its commitment to the principles and purposes of zoology. The professional staff at CAZA institutions offers California a rich resource of expertise and experience in conservation, as well as environmental and animal management. Together they represent hundreds of years of working with captive and wild populations of rare and endangered animals - from small invertebrates to large mammals.


Voting Members

Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro
Chaffee Zoological Gardens, Fresno
Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero
Coyote Point Museum, San Mateo
Happy Hollow Zoo, San Jose
Living Desert, Palm Desert
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Micke Grove Zoo, Lodi
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Oakland Zoo
Sacramento Zoo
San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
San Diego Zoo
San Francisco Zoological Gardens
Santa Ana Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka
Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

Affiliate Members

The Applegate Park Zoo, Merced
California Living Museum, Bakersfield
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek

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more membership information
the membership application and donation form.

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the development of CAZA
CAZA'S additional links page
featuring lots of other interesting Zoo, Aquarium, and California connections

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