The ZAA Ecosystem

As a peak body, the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) represents the collective voice of the zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries and wildlife parks across Australasia that operate to the highest standards.

As an association, ZAA brings its members together, facilitating shared knowledge and continuous improvement in conservation, welfare, biosecurity, science, research, social and community programs.

We achieve this through structured groups, committees, networks and events to connect people around particular topics, skills and areas of knowledge.




Taxon Advisory Groups - TAGs


Amphibian TAG

Exotic and native frogs

Aquatic TAG 

Fish, marine mammals, penguins etc.

Australian Mammal TAG

Tasmanian devils, wallabies, bandicoots, possums, koalas, wombats etc.

Bird TAG    

Exotic and native birds

Carnivores & Small Exotic Mammal TAG

Cheetah, lions, meercats, red pandas, sun bears etc.

Elephant TAG

Asian elephants

Invertebrate TAG

Exotic and native insects

New Zealand Fauna TAG  

New Zealand native birds, frogs, reptiles, aquatics etc.

Primate TAG 

Chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, orangutans etc.

Reptile TAG

Snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises etc.

Ungulate TAG

Addax, giraffe, hippos, horses, rhinos, zebra etc.


Specialist Advisory Groups - SAGs


Animal Records Keeping – ARK SAG

Regional and institutional record keeping

Communications – Comms SAG

Communications, media and marketing

Engagement – E SAG

Education and visitor engagement

Environmental Sustainability – ES SAG

Sustainability for zoo and aquarium operations

Horticulture – Hort SAG

Plant life and horticulture

Human Resources – HR SAG

Human resources and employee engagement

Veterinary – Vet SAG

Animal health and medicine


ZAA Committees



Animal Management Committee

ASMP – breeding programs, animal management

Ethics Committee

Relevant ethical topics for zoos and aquariums

Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Finance, auditing and risk management

New Zealand Committee

New Zealand ZAA members

QLD Species Management Committee

QSMP - breeding programs, animal management QLD

Standards & Accreditation Committee

Welfare, operating standards and accreditation

Wildlife Conservation Committee

Field and social conservation, Wildlife Conservation Fund