Dozens More Lining Up to Undergo First-of-its-Kind Audit for Treatment of Animals in Zoos and Aquariums
American Humane Conservation program
Leading zoological institutions around the globe are flocking to achieve certification under the American Humane Conservation program.
This is the world’s first-ever certification program dedicated to helping ensure the well-being and humane treatment of the millions of animals living in zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers across the globe.
American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and world’s largest certifier of animal care, launched the program in June 2016.
Within the program’s inaugural year, twenty-five facilities within seventeen leading institutions in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia earned its Humane Certified™ seal for the treatment of their animals.
Institutions certified under American Humane Conservation:
- Brookfield Zoo; Brookfield, Illinois
- Ocean Park; Hong Kong, China
- Shedd Aquarium; Chicago, Illinois
- Vancouver Aquarium; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Georgia Aquarium; Atlanta, Georgia
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Dolphin Quest; Bermuda
- Dolphin Quest; Hawaii – Big Island
- Dolphin Quest; Hawaii – Oahu
- Mystic Aquarium; Mystic, Connecticut
- San Antonio Zoo; San Antonio, Texas
- Fort Worth Zoo; Fort Worth, Texas
- Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage; Las Vegas, Nevada
- Loro Parque; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
- Zoomarine Italia; Rome, Italy
- Woodland Park Zoo; Seattle, Washington
- Tanganyika Wildlife Park; Goddard, Kansas
Gold Standard for zoos
“American Humane Conservation launched in June 2016 as the first program of its kind – the new gold standard for animals in zoos, aquariums, and conservation parks.”
“Each of the twenty-five facilities certified by American Humane Conservation in its first year has proved its commitment to meeting the highest standards of humane, verifiable, and transparent animal care, and we are tremendously proud of their dedication to the care and preservation of world’s majestic creatures.”
- excellent health and housing
- positive social interactions within groups of animals, as well as between animals and handlers safe and stimulating environments, enriched and with concern for factors such as appropriate lighting, sound levels, air quality, and thermoregulation
- evidence of thorough preparation and protocols established to prevent and manage medical or operational emergencies
Rigorous audit involved
“With fewer truly wild places left in the world, zoos and aquariums have become modern day arks of hope for many of the planet’s critically endangered species,”“American Humane Conservation’s Humane Certified™ seal of approval helps verify for the public that the animals living in these institutions are living under high standards of verifiable humane care.
“We are proud to congratulate each of the twenty-five world-class facilities that have continuously proven their dedication to the responsible, humane treatment of the remarkable animals under their care.”