Reduce the Risk

An Association of Zoos and Aquariums initiative to reduce zoonotic disease threats by combating wildlife trade that poses a risk to human and animal health.

A Crisis in Human and Animal Health

Zoonotic diseases are a threat to human and animal health worldwide—more than two-thirds of all emerging infectious diseases of humans are zoonotic. The wildlife supply chain—both legal and illegal—presents several opportunities for the emergence and transmission of zoonotic diseases, a risk to human and animal health.


  • Advocate for stronger wildlife trade policies on the global level.
  • Strengthen national policy on wildlife trade through new legislation.
  • Educate on the risks of zoonotic disease through wildlife trade.
  • Increase AZA efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.
  • Increase AZA efforts to mitigate animal disease risks in the zoological community.