You are visiting the official web site of the Zoological Registrars Association (ZRA). ZRA is a not-for-profit association organized and dedicated to the enhancement of zoos and aquariums through leadership, professional development, training, standardization and service to its members. Registrars provide oversight for the animal record keeping function, records management, animal shipping, wildlife permit procurement and related reporting requirements and legal compliance.

In addition to the information on this website you can get a printable ZRA Brochure here.


Certificate Training Program

October 22, 2018

22 October 2018



The Zoological Registrars Association (ZRA) is pleased to announce that registration for its new Certificate Training Program is now OPEN. This exciting opportunity is available to all members and non-members!

For more information, please visit the ZRA website Training page and log in as a current member or create a new user account if you’re not currently a member. Non-members who would like the discounted member rate are welcome to apply for membership, prior to registering for the Program.


IMPORTANT: Before registering, please review the estimated time of completion for each Module, as well as CollaborNation’s system requirements at https://support.cypherworx.com/solution/articles/4000117844-enabling-flash.  

To register and pay for the courses, log in, select the individual Module or the entire Program, and confirm your purchase. You will receive an email shortly after successful payment is completed. The Open Course link will then appear in your ZRA account on the training page to access and take the courses.

Please note that while registration is open for all modules, some modules are not yet available. Once you begin a module, you have 30 days to complete it and 180 days to complete the entire Program, if purchased as a package.

For information about the ZRA Training Certificate Program please contact the Professional Development Committee here.




Module 1: History and Established Tenets of Animal Records [Available now]

Module 1 provides an introduction to animal records including their creation, management and function. Content focuses on the history of records at zoological institutions and the fundamental components of an animal record and keeper daily report.

Module 2: Records and Information Management (RIM) [Coming Soon]

Module 2 provides terminology, principles, concepts and best practices for Records and Information Management (RIM) and the skills and competencies required to manage all types of records throughout the information lifecycle.

Module 3: Transactions [Available now]

Module 3 describes the various types of live animal transactions, best practices for managing workflow and documentation requirements, and standards for recording events.

Module 4: US Federal Wildlife Permits and Regulations [Available now]

Module 4 provides an introduction to the various U.S. federal agencies and regulations that apply to wildlife in human care, regulated activities and related requirements (applications, permits and reporting) and related contacts and resources.

Module 5: Live Animal Logistics [Coming Soon]

Module 5 provides an introduction to the various options available to ship live animals (containers, container requirements, methods of transport, relevant Federal regulations and required documentation), and primary considerations for transport planning and coordination.

Module 6: Biological Samples and Biofacts [Coming Soon]

Module 6 provides an introduction to the various categories of biological materials held in zoological institutions, including living and non-living tissues and biofacts, and defines records essentials and best practices for documentation and agreements.