Zoo passes CAZA with flying colours

Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove has successfully passed re-accreditation with Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).

The Greater Vancouver Zoo has successfully passed re-accreditation with Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).

The accreditation process takes place every five years in which the zoo goes through a very comprehensive application submission in February, followed by a review from the CAZA Accreditation Committee Board and then a team of inspectors is selected from this committee for an on-site inspection in the spring or summer months.

The inspection team visited the Aldergrove facility for a rigorous 3.5 days in August to inspect all aspects of zoo operations, including animal health care, exhibits, husbandry of all animals, educational programs, safety and security, guest services, conservation, research, staff training programs, finance and physical facilities. The CAZA inspection team was comprised of a veterinarian, specialist in education and communications, and operations expert.

Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals and encouraging the advancement and improvement of education, conservation and science. Collectively, CAZA members have enormous social, cultural, educational and economic impact on the Canadian public.

CAZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are dedicated to the highest standards of animal care. They nurture, protect and care for more than 100,000 animals representing over 2000 species. Often these animals are the last remaining representatives of their species and survive with the help of zoo and aquarium endangered animal management programs.