On behalf of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and its global partnership we would like to welcome you to the 74th WAZA Annual Conference in Buenos Aires.
WAZA is pleased to stage its first-ever annual conference in Argentina, and is returning to South America after a gap of 25 years. This region plays a pivotal role in the protection of wildlife and wild places. South America accounts for 26 percent of the world’s area designated for conserving biodiversity, and Argentina alone contains nearly 300 endangered species of animals and plants, ranging from the jaguar and the Mendoza’s Pehuenche frog to the Pampas deer and the Patagonian Cypress tree.
South America is also important to WAZA’s growth as part of the WAZA Global Strategy, as we seek to add zoos and aquariums across the region, to become a truly universal assembly.
The conference theme, “Together for Nature,” is particularly appropriate, as WAZA’s greatest impact consistently occurs when the members work together. Zoos and aquariums accomplish incredible feats in their own projects and programmes, but when they share resources and combine forces the community is truly unstoppable.
Buenos Aires is a modern city with over 500 years of history that consistently ranks among the world’s top tourist destinations. Argentina’s connection to the natural world is evident, with 41 protected areas covering an area of 37,000 square kilometres, and we encourage you all to book excursions before or after the conference to experience the beauty and diversity of the country.
When WAZA made the decision several years ago to award the 2019 conference to Buenos Aires over bids from other major cities and institutions, it did so with vision and confidence. As we approach the 74th WAZA Annual Conference, it is clearer than ever that we made the right choice.
We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires!
WAZA Executive Office