The Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF) was established in 2012 in support of the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group by a group of individual leaders within the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition. The ZWNF is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of:
- contributing expertise and providing funds to support zoo and wildlife nutrition programs worldwide,
- furthering the science of zoo nutrition,
- facilitating the dissemination of nutrition knowledge, and
- developing the next generation of zoo nutrition leaders.
Given the resource-challenged environment within which zoos, aquariums, and wild animal parks must function, the partnership between the AZA NAG and the ZWNF is designed to maximize the impact that professional zoo nutritionists have on the care and management of our current and future collections, as well as on the training and leadership of the next generation of zoo nutritionists.
This collaboration is just in its infancy, but the future appears very bright for the impact both groups can have on the field as a whole, as well as all on the groups (SSPs, TAGs, SAGs, member institutions and AZA as a whole) we collectively serve.