The National Aquarium of New Zealand is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia
Getting ZAA accreditation involves a thorough process where zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, and wildlife parks must provide compelling evidence on their operations, policies and the experiences of their animals. This assessment goes beyond the minimum legal government requirements placed on zoos and aquariums, using the Five Domains model to reach a higher standard and continuously support positive animal welfare.). ZAA represents the collective voice of zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries and wildlife parks across Australasia, it’s members enhance the role of individual zoos and aquariums in conserving wildlife. (ZAA
We at National Aquarium of New Zealand care deeply for all our creatures big and small. So, when we’re talking about animal welfare, we refer to each animal’s experiences which are assessed across the Five Domains which are measured as positive, neutral or negative states.
A science-based tool for assessing and supporting animal welfare. First we assess the first four domains (Nutrition, Environment, Health and Behaviour), which builds us a picture of the fifth domain (Mental Domain) and the overall welfare of the animal.
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