George Mason University and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums faculty and staff worked together closely to review the Zoo and Aquarium Leadership (ZAL) program to ascertain whether it was still meeting the zoo and aquarium industry’s needs. The program has made significant contributions to its students and the industry overall since it was created in 2004.
However, after thorough consultation with AZA instructors and other industry experts, we realized that training needs within the zoo and aquarium industry have evolved and require different types of continuing education programs. After much deliberation, a decision was made to only offer the ZAL program to existing students. This means that we will no longer accept new students into the ZAL program.