Our Mission

The IZE is an association dedicated to expanding the educational impact of zoos and aquariums worldwide. Its mission is to improve the education programs in the facilities of its members, to provide access to the latest thinking, techniques, and information in conservation education and to support excellence in animal care and welfare.

Zoos Victoria’s, Werribee Open Range Zoo is taking kids on a journey through the African savannah with an exciting new indoor play space called Ranger Kids. This permanent new play space was designed to help nurture a love of nature and wildlife in young children.

See more under the updated Australian regional report.




News and Events

Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Informal Science Education

ONLINE from Houston Zoo and Texas Tech University

$1000 Scholarships AVAILABLE!!! Anyone starting Spring 2015 may apply, but you must APPLY NOW!


For More information contact: Dr. Patricia Patrick, PhD., Assistant Professor, Coordinator of MEd in C&I for Informal Science Education, Texas Tech University, MS 41071, Lubbock TX 79409, Cell: 336-471-1185, Office: 806-834-1803, Fax: 806-742-1958, trish.patrick@ttu.edu

2015 IZE Journal submissions

Journal submissions for 2015 are due March 1, 2015. For submission instructions select:

IZE Journal instructions to Authors 2015





23rd Biennel Conference of the International Zoo Educators Association

Hosted by Fundación Temaikèn, Buenos Aires, Argentina
October 3-7, 2016



2015 ZAA Learning and Development Workshop

Date: May 5 -7, 2015

Location: Bayview Boulevard, Sydney, Australia

Bayview Boulevard, Sydney, Australia

We are very pleased to advise that we’ve set a date for the new ZAA Learning and Development Workshop event in 2015, hosted by ZAA here in Sydney. This will be in lieu of our normal ZAA Conference.

Please keep your diaries free for the 5-7 May 2015 for a series of staff training opportunities, TAG and SAG workshops and important updates on animal welfare and accreditation. The 2015 ZAA AGM will also be hosted at this time. We’ll be engaging with the various ZAA committee’s to develop the content of this exciting initiative and we hope this will become part of the essential event calendar for all of our members.


Alpza Cordoba


ALPZA Conference 2015

Date: June 1 -5, 2015

Location: Córdoba Argentina

Hosted by: Zoológico de Córdoba




International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 2015

Date: June 1 -4

Location: Hong Kong

The conference will bring together internationally renowned and regional experts to enable them to share their knowledge and expertise on the latest developments in the field with local Hong Kong experts and enviromental practitioners from academia, government, NGO's and the private sector. For more information:



2015 EAZA Conference

Date: March 9 - 12, 2015

Location: Lisbon Zoo, Portugal

Theme: THE POWER OF BEHAVIOUR - HOW TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO ACT! Turning Education Theory into Action

More information: www.eaza.net/news/pages/ezeconference.aspx


Spotlight on IZE

Learn more about IZE Membership

Join the global community of educators dedicated to expanding the educational impact of zoos, aquariums, nature/wildlife centers and nature reserves. Share this flyer to spread the word of the benefits of IZE. Remember all IZE memberships are valid January 1-December 31. Learn more...


Join IZE in Celebrating the Biodiversity of the World through Special Events!

Learn more about International Vulture Awareness Day, Elephant Appreciation Day, and Year of the Gorilla Celebrations! Gather ideas on how to create a spectacular event, such as Fondazione Bioparco di Roma's Elephant Day!
Check out our newest Special Event, Fondazione Bioparco di Roma's "A Day as a Carnivore"!

Explore the new updated Education Materials sections of the IZE website!

Here you can gather lesson plans and activities to re-energize your zoo and aquarium education programs and in-situ conservation work! Check out the recently expanded insitu educational materials along with newly added lesson plans on wide variety of marine and land animals.

Join Us!                              

 Become a member. Visit the  Membership page.

 Take your education  programs to the next level!

 Access the latest thinking,  techniques and information  on conservation education  worldwide.

 If you have questions  regarding membership, email  the IZE Administrator at  ize.centraloffice@izea.net


Our Partners

 Learn more about our  partner organizations in the  zoo and aquarium industry:

 World :: WAZA

 Africa :: PAAZAB
 Australia & New Zealand ::  ZAA (formerly ARAZPA)
 Europe :: EAZA
 Latin America :: ALPZA
 North America :: AZA


Make a Difference

 You can make a difference
 for wildlife:
 Visit a zoo, national park or  wildlife refuge near your home  to learn more about  wildlife in your area.

 Learn more about how you  can help.



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