The Buffalo Zoo is part of an elite group of zoos and aquariums around the world that are certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The standards to become certified are very difficult to achieve in fact “Fewer than 10% of the USDA-licensed wildlife exhibitors in the United States are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums” (buffalozoo.org). So whenever you purchase a ticket to the Buffalo Zoo or make a donation that money is put toward the conservation programs as well as the maintenance and construction of the exhibits in order to keep them up to AZA standards. The association itself “with more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation. Each year, AZA member institutions participate in about two thousand conservation projects in about 100 countries and invest tens of millions of dollars in programs to help wildlife” (buffalozoo.com). AZA is also involved in many, many more activities such as working with the government on legislation, regulations, and international affairs. Ensuring that all around the globe people are becoming more aware and caring more for wildlife. Many of the AZA members have published literature promoting the efforts of this association. There has been an increased interest in animals and their welfare which has boosted the moral of this association making them even more excited to share what they are all about in hopes of spreading the work even more in order to help these innocent animals. The AZA takes their role very seriously. Becoming an accredited member is a very rigorous process. According to the Buffalo Zoo website each establishment must meet standards for animal management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation, research, education and staffing.