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African Zoos and Aquariums are evolving before our very eyes. As an industry we are always asked: "So what has changed?" There are a multitude of pictures and documentaries out there showing the 'before' and 'after' but this platform serves to show the untold stories of the challenging road from the 'before' to the 'after'.

Through this dedicated website, we aim to bring you the good, the bad, the oopsies, the disasters, the successes of the behind the scenes' trials and difficulties confronting facilities as they continually evolve. This is not about the facilities that have achieved the prestige of Operational Accreditation (these can be viewed at, but those who have embarked on the difficult road to present day best practice and animal welfare which is encompassed in the PAAZA Operational Accreditation process.

Follow the journey of the dedicated animal carers of African Zoos and Aquariums on their journey as they try their very best to improve the lives of the animals placed in their care through incredibly creative projects.

All facilities featured subscribe to the PAAZA Code of Professional Ethics, the Operational Accreditation process and abide by the Constitution of the Association.

PAAZA facilities evolving

As all facilities strive to meet the WAZA 2023 welfare requirement and the PAAZA Operational Accreditation criteria as adopted May 2019, we will be bringing you more incredible stories of evolving Zoos and Aquaria from Africa.

Latest news from the evolving PAAZA facilities

Watch the last progress made on the different projects. Click on the pics for more info !

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve aiming for 2023

Press release 9 September 2019

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From cage to conservation : the reinvention of Australian zoos

A feature in The Guardian about the evolving role and purpose of zoos - This showcases the global trend to which Africa is commited.

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The "Born in Africa" factor :
PAAZA's involvement

PAAZA (Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria) is the African Regional Association responsible to WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). PAAZA is providing support to all African Animal Facilities that would like to evolve in their practices and their infrastructures.

What is PAAZA ?

PAAZA is the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria. Its mission is to guide and accredit all African Zoos and Aquaria to become effective and credible centres of animal welfare, conservation, education and research.

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By encouraging the use of new techniques and technologies and providing specialized animal keeper courses, PAAZA is helping animal care staff to develop their skills.

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Operational Accreditation

Amongst PAAZA members, each animal facility undergoes an accreditation process to assess wether animals are properly cared for, in accordance with WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums) welfare guidelines and the Five Domains Model.

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How did PAAZA change the life of these people and their animals ? Learn all about it here !

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