Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities


Welcome to the 75th Annual World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conference with International Zoo Educators. This premier international event for zoo and aquarium professionals will be held at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, California. The meeting will bring together more than 300 leaders in the zoological community and over 150 prominent educators, and the majority will have buying authority. The host, San Diego Zoo Global, will lead a program themed around planning for the future, as well as provide insightful activities at both the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Keynote speakers include two renown science writers and authors, David Epstein and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert, who will address the challenges that the zoological profession faces moving forward.

Participants will have networking opportunities with peers, time for sharing of best practices, and opportunities to consider new ideas, and there will also be a chance to explore new technologies, products, and services.

Quick Facts
Dates: 11-15 October 2020
Location: San Diego, California
Host: San Diego Zoo Global
Expected Attendance: 300
Website: waza2020.org
Contact: Debra Erickson derickson@sandiegozoo.org

Beautiful Site

The conference will be held along the magnificent Mission Bay, where the average daily temperature in October is 74 degrees Fahrenheit/23 degrees Celsius.

Unique Networking Opportunities

WAZA is proud to provide unique opportunities to promote products and services, cultivate relationships, and stay informed and engaged in the zoo and aquarium community.

Creative Marketing

Sponsorship opportunities are specially designed to bring your company to the forefront, generate buzz, and present a strong awareness of your brand to the decision makers within the zoological community.

Sponsorship Levels*

WAZA Platinum Sponsorship


Keynote Speaker Sponsorship

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Elizabeth Kolbert

  • A small, private reception with Elizabeth Kolbert and sponsor-chosen participants
  • Opportunity to introduce Elizabeth to the WAZA/IZE audience
  • Recognition on all conference marketing materials
  • Exhibit booth
  • Two conference registrations

WAZA Gold Sponsorship


  • Sponsorship of Zoo Day
  • Opportunity to promote your product during Zoo Day
  • Recognition on all conference marketing materials
  • Exhibit booth
  • Two conference registrations

WAZA Silver Sponsorship


  • Sponsorship of lunch
  • Speaking opportunity during lunch
  • Exhibit booth
  • Recognition on all conference marketing materials
  • Two conference registrations

WAZA Bronze Sponsorship


  • Sponsorship of a break
  • Exhibit booth
  • Recognition on all conference marketing materials
  • Two conference registrations

IZE Sponsored Delegate Program


  • Provides coverage of costs for an educator to attend the WAZA/IZE Conference
  • Recognition on all conference marketing materials

IZE raises funds to support zoo and aquarium educators to attend the biennial IZE conference. The Sponsored Delegates Grant is for zoo and aquarium educators who would not otherwise have the means or support to attend the conference. The aim of the program is for IZE to help develop conservation education worldwide, in order to help achieve our mission of conserving global biodiversity through effective zoo and aquarium programs.

IZE conferences are a fantastic opportunity to learn about best practices in zoo and aquarium education worldwide and to network with others working in conservation education from around the world. The grant is open to any zoo and aquarium education professional worldwide, though preference may be given to those from developing countries. The grant is competitive, with successful candidates chosen by the IZE Board. The grant covers conference registration, airfare, accommodation, and some meals.

*WAZA Corporate Members Receive a 10% discount

Exhibitor Package

Forty exhibitors will share products, services, programs, and solutions with the zoo and aquarium community in the Exhibit Hall. For more information, please contact Debra Erickson at derickson@sandiegozoo.org.

Exhibit Size: Most booth spaces are 10’ x 10’. Corner space premium is an additional $100 per corner.

WAZA Member: The first two 10 x 10 units are $4,000 each. Additional spaces are $3,000 each*. Company must be a WAZA Commercial Member in good standing with up-to-date paid dues to qualify. To find out more about joining WAZA, visit the WAZA website at waza.org.

Nonprofits: Each 10 x 10 space is $ 4,500 each.
Organizations that are not WAZA members, but support its mission, must be a not-for-profit entity, accredited academic institution, or government agency to qualify.

Nonmembers: Each space is $5,500 each.
All for-profit vendors that are not organizational members of WAZA are eligible for standard booth rate.


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