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California Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) is comprised of 24 voting members.  These zoos and aquariums are accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (  California boasts more zoos and aquariums than any other state.  In addition, there are two affiliate members of CAZA that are working towards AZA accreditation. 


  • California's accredited zoos and aquariums attract more than 20 million annual visitors
  • Some 650,000 families and individuals hold memberships in these institutions
  • The combined annual operating budgets of these zoos and aquariums are more than $450 million
  • Last year alone, these institutions invested $100 million in capital investments in infrastructure and new developments
  • These zoos and aquariums support more than 3,100 full time and over 1,700 part time employees
  • CAZA institutions are actively involved in education, conservation and creating a diversity of recreational experiences for the people in their communities.

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