Why ZAA Facilities Should Not Be Exempt from Big Cat Ban

Why ZAA Facilities Should Not Be Exempt from Big Cat Ban

Who is the ZAA?

The ZAA’s membership list reads to me like a Who’s Who in animal exploitation.

Their mission and purpose statement make it clear that they support private ownership of dangerous wild animals stating, ” Purpose: As a trade organization to serve the needs of our members. Protect and defend the right to own exotic and domestic animals… Defend our accredited facilities against false allegations, those with political agendas, and mischaracterizations.”

When facilities can’t achieve the standards set by the only legitimate zoo accrediting body, the AZA, some have decided to join this little band, but it casts a shadow on their credibility to be in the company of many of the following.


Download the ZAA Factsheet


2014 Member List


Follow the links to ask yourself “Why would any decent facility want to be associated with places that have known criminals in their leadership and have been exposed for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act?”

Abuse Continues Because States Lack ResourcesAfrican Safari Wildlife Park
Port Clinton, OH

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Gulf Shores, AL

Animal Edutainment
Aubrey, TX

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo
New Braunfels, TX

Austin Savanna
Austin, TX

Williams, AZ

Bester’s Birds and Animal Park Zoo
Pretoria, South Africa

California Living Museum
Bakersfield, CA

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
Gainesville, FL

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve
Thurmont, MD

Cougar Mountain Zoo
Issaquah, WA

Crocodile Conservation
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Exotic Feline Breeding Compound
Rosamond, CA

Flamingo Las Vegas Wildlife Habitat
Las Vegas, NV

Florida Teaching Zoo
Belleview, FL

Fort Worth Zoo
Forth Worth, TX

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Glen Rose, TX

Frank Buck Zoo
Gainsville, TX

Giraffe Ranch
Dade City, FL

Gulf Breeze Zoo
Gulf Breeze, FL

Have Trunk, Will Travel
Perris, CA

Hemker Zoo
Freeport, MN

Jungle Island
Miami, FL

Kapi’yva Exotics
Pearland, TX

LEO Zoological Conservation Center
Greenwich, CT

Lion Country Safari
Loxahatchee, FL

Lion Habitat Ranch
Henderson, NV

Metro Richmond Zoo
Moseley, VA

Montgomery Zoo
Montgomery, AL

Moon Lake Wildlife Preserve
Johnstown, NE

Naples, FL

Oakhill Avian Center
Oklahoma City, OK

Orange County Zoo
Orange, CA

Oswald’s Bear Ranch
Newberry, MI

Safari Adventures
Sandusky, OH

Safari Niagara
Stevensville, Ontario, Canada

Safari Wilderness Ranch
Lakeland, FL

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Vallejo, CA

Six Flags Wild Safari Animal Park
Jackson, NJ

Southwick’s Zoo
Mendon, MA

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Goddard, KS

Triple D Game Farm
Kalispell, MT

Understanding Wildlife
Wapakoneta, OH

Virginia Safari Park (name change?)
Natural Bridge, VA

Wild Wonders
Bonsall, CA

Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
Litchfield Park, AZ

Wildwood Wildlife Park and Nature Center
Minocqua, WI

Wright Park Zoo
Dodge City, KS

York’s Wild Kingdom
York Beach, ME

Zoo at Forest Park
Springfield, MA

Zoo World Zoological and Botanical Conservatory
Panama City Beach, FL

Zoosiana – Zoo of Acadiana
Broussard, LA

Zoological Wildlife Foundation
Miami, FL

Zoological Wildlife Foundation – Site 2
Jupiter Beach, FL


What is the difference between ZAA and AZA?

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