Zoo and Aquarium Association

Rockhampton Zoo is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the peak body representing the community of leading zoo and aquariums throughout the Australasian regionThe Australasian region includes: New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and South Pacific Islands.

The Association has 99 members that include zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, sanctuaries, museums and universities. The assessment to qualify for accreditation is conducted every three years.

The Association directly supports its members by overseeing breeding programs for species, many of which are threatened.

Rockhampton Zoo abides by the Zoo and Aquarium Associations Australasian Species Management Program which is a framework designed to cooperatively manage animal collections to promote collection sustainability and its value as a conservation resource.

Between February 2020 and June 2021, all donations made at Rockhampton Zoo were contributed to the ZAA’s Wildlife Conservation Fund. More than one billion native animals were affected by Australia’s bushfire crisis, and all funds donated went towards helping native animals in crisis across Australia. Find out more here


Rainforest Rescue's Save the Cassowary campaign

Rainforest Rescue has initiated the Save the Cassowary campaign in collaboration with Australian partner zoos, government departments, local councils, Aboriginal Corporations and business partners to highlight the future of the endangered ‘Rainforest Gardener’, the Southern Cassowary. Rapid development has eliminated 85% of its habitat and current estimates fear fewer than 1,000 birds are left in the wild. Rockhampton Zoo is proud to support with educational signage at our cassowary enclosure and our daily Keeper Talk about the Southern Cassowary.


Jane Goodall Institute mobile phone recycling campaign

Rockhampton Zoo supports the Jane Goodall Institute Australia mobile phone recycling campaign.

The habitats of African apes are plentiful in coltan, a mineral used in electronic products. The precious resource is mined to keep up with technology demands, resulting in the clearing of these habitat (like the Democratic Republic of Congo) where chimpanzees live and also drives the bush meat trade, further exacerbating the decline of chimpanzee populations.h

We facilitate the donation of electronics that contain colton, so that the material can be reused or recycled, which inevitably helps reduce the demand for coltan.  When you donate your old phone, our generous mobile phone recycling partners donate money to The Jane Goodall Institute Australia on your behalf. This money then goes towards conservation programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.