Scovill Zoo is proud of its distinction as an AZA-accredited facility. Re-accreditation was granted on September 8, 2017 following a rigorous inspection of Scovill Zoo’s collection care, keeper training, animal safety, visitor and staff safety, education programs, conservation efforts, veterinary programs, financial stability, and risk management. The zoo team prepared an extensive written report for the Accreditation Commission, and finally a formal hearing was held, following which accreditation was granted for a period of five years.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums currently represents just 224 accredited zoos and aquariums, most of which are located in North America. “We are excited and proud to have earned AZA accreditation. It is a rigorous process and includes a very thorough inspection every five years. Accreditation standards rise every year, so we must maintain what we had five years ago, but also expand, grow, and improve. The AZA stamp of approval means we have done just that,” says Ken Frye, Scovill Zoo Director.