History of ZAA
International Society of Zooculturists (ISZ)
In 1987, Ron Blakely, then the Director of the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, who was also a co-founder of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), invited animal professionals from both the public and private sectors to meet at the zoo and propose the creation of an organization that would deal more personally with "animals only" related issues and concerns, without the distractions of marketing, graphics, gift shops, etc. A need for such an organization was identified by all present and thus the "International Society of Zooculturists" was formed.
United Zoological Association (UZA)
In 2000, professionals representing publicly and privately owned animal collections met to discuss problems that were not being addressed by other organizations. As a result, the "United Zoological Association" (UZA) was formed.
Zoological Association of America (ZAA)
In 2003, ISZ and UZA became sister organizations - ISZ for individuals and UZA for facilities. In February 2005, ISZ and UZA combined to form the Zoological Association of America. ZAA's mission is to promote responsible ownership, management, conservation, and propagation of animals in both private and public facilities through professional standards in husbandry, animal care, safety and ethics.