Abstract # 13359 Event # 42:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 01:30 PM-01:45 PM: (Room 309) Symposium


CREATION OF AN ANIMAL WELFARE ASSESSMENT TOOL TO MEET THE ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS NEW ACCREDITATION STANDARD

H. Hellmuth, M. Fischer and D. Powell
Saint Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
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     The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. It is an independent accrediting organization that uses rigorous, scientifically-based standards to examine a zoo or aquarium’s entire operation. The AZA is continuously reviewing and raising standards, and in 2018 added Standard 1.5.0: The institution must follow a written process for assessing animal welfare and wellness. AZA institutions must go through accreditation every five years, and the Saint Louis Zoo’s accreditation application and inspection are occurring in 2019, making it the first time this new animal welfare assessment standard needs to be met. How the Zoo’s welfare assessment tool was developed will be discussed, the tool itself will be reviewed, and real-life examples of animal welfare assessments from the Zoo’s primate unit will be presented.