The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) is an organisation for the European zoo and aquarium community that links over 340 member organizations in 41 countries. It operates the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The organisation is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
EAZA membership is open to all zoos and aquaria across Europe that comply with EAZA's standards. Member zoos and aquariums and other associate members can be found in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The mission of the association is to promote cooperation for furthering regional collection planning and wildlife conservation, mainly through coordinated breeding programs of wild animals such as the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The organisation promotes educational activities and advises the European Union, or other representative committees such as the European Parliament and the European Council.
Up until 2014, the EAZA receives no European subsidies.
In 2004 EAZA founded the organisation Shellshock to protect tortoises and turtles. Its mascot is Oscar the Turtle, a character from the British TV series Creature comforts. It collected over €250,000 in its first year.
Every two years EAZA launches a campaign dedicated to a threatened species or a threatened Environment. The campaign's aims are to draw attention to the problem, to promote biodiversity awareness, raise funds for special projects and to do lobbying work in national governments and international organizations.
The campaigns address EAZA members to get involved in the themes and to spread information about the importance of biodiversity and its conservation to the visitors.
EAZA started the first project in 2000 with the bushmeat campaign about the unsustainable and illegal hunt and trade of threatened wildlife. The current campaign has a focus on the disappearance of many Asian songbird species because of the illegal trade in birds for songbird contests, which are popular in the region.
2017/2019: Silent Forest – Asian songbird crisis
2015/2017: Let it Grow
2014/2015: Pole to Pole
2011/2013: Southeast Asia (with IUCN Species Survival commission)
2008/2010: European Carnivore