Mission & Accreditation
The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to engage and inspire our community to better understand and preserve wildlife by creating meaningful connections between people and animals. With our intimate, innovative exhibits, wide-ranging educational offerings and commitment to conservation, our vision is to be a top destination for residents and visitors alike and the pride of our community.
The Chattanooga Zoo is a fully accredited institution with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA zoos and aquariums represent the finest institutions in the country and are visited by more than 150 million people each year. That's more people than attended all professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey sporting events combined.
Accreditation involves a detailed review and inspection process covering all aspects of an institution's operation; including the animal collection, veterinary care, physical facilities, safety, security, finance, staff, governing authority, support organization, education, conservation, research, and adherence to AZA policies.