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  • Our Mission
    Supporting our members' education,
    connection, and inspiration to strengthen
    understanding of and commitment to zoo
    and aquarium conservation goals.

Membership Benefits

As an AZADV member, you have access to a wide variety of membership benefits such as:

Quarterly Newsletter

The newsletter features educational articles submitted by industry professionals and AZADV members, news, upcoming events, and more.

Educational Opportunities

We have partnered with the San Diego Zoo Global Academy to offer paid subscriptions to the Academy's online course catalog. Each course is taught by subject-matter exerts.

Reciprocal Admission

Members receive admission discounts to more than 30 participating zoos and/or aquariums in North America upon proof of membership.


Join hundreds of members at the annual conference for personal development and networking opportunities. Zoo Day at the host facility includes behind-the-scenes and other unique activities.

Join Us

Join docents and volunteers from more than 115 zoos and aquariums across North America who share your passion for animals and conserving our natural world.

About Us

Female sitting among penguins in their exhibit.
Woman feeding a giraffe.
Tortoise Team members receiving instructions from zookeepers in the tortoise exhibit.
Group of conference attendees standing next to a tiger cutout sign.
AZADV member, Larry Martin, holding a snake during a trip to Madagascar.
Conference attendees getting a tour at the host facility.

The Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents and Volunteers (AZADV) is a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the conservation of species and facilitate communication between members to enhance educational programming and renew enthusiasm for the service that our members contribute to their institutions.


Submit Content for Newsletter Issue 4

Deadline: October 01, 2021

Upcoming Events

2021 AZADV Virtual Business and Delegates Meeting

October 2, 2021
5:00 pm EST: Meet and Greet
6:00 pm EST: Meeting
Virtual Get-together Immediately Following
There is no charge for this event. All AZADV members are welcome to attend.

2021 AZADV Conference

It is with regret that the Board has made the decision that this year's conference will have to be cancelled. But all is not lost, in early October 2021 we will be hosting a virtual event to include a business and delegates meeting as well as other activities. Look for the information as the plans are finalized. The information will be posted on the website, in the Facebook Group, and in future issues of Symbiosis. This decision was not made lightly. Given the challenges of the past year, the Louisville Zoo is simply unable to commit to hosting an event of such magnitude at the present time. We are deeply appreciative for the support of the Louisville Zoo, and for all of the time and effort of their staff and volunteers in trying so valiantly to make the conference happen.

2022 AZADV Conference

October 12-17, 2022
Hosted by Toledo Zoo
Registration: TBD

Education Grants

We encourage and support the development and implementation of creative education programs through AZADV Education Grants. Every year, grants of $2,000 are awarded to Organizational Members in each of three categories: small, medium, and large zoos/aquariums.