Together We Protect

February 20, 2024

Global Humane, the international brand of American Humane, the United States’ first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare practices, announced today that Zoomarine Algarve, a zoo, aquarium, and conservation park located in Portugal, has earned recertification through the Global Humane Conservation™ program and is recognized for its high standards of care and treatment of animals. Zoomarine Algarve has continuously maintained its certification after becoming one of the first Zoos in Europe to achieve certification back in 2018.

“We are thrilled that Zoomarine Algarve continues to meet the standards for Global Humane certification,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of Global Humane . “This certification provides Global Humane with the opportunity to recognize the extensive reach of the animal welfare movement at zoos, aquariums, and conservation parks around the world.”

Rigorous Certification Standards:

To be recognized as Global Humane Certified, Zoomarine Algarve passed a rigorous independent assessment that reviewed the wellbeing of animals in their care and demonstrated overall excellence in their animal care and welfare practices. The unique process is guided by the latest science and best practices and is informed by respected veterinarians and experts in the fields of animal welfare, animal science, zoology, and ethics who have decades of experience in protecting animals.

The independent validation process—which goes above and beyond to help protect animals— provides visitors with confidence that the institution is meeting a high benchmark of care. The process includes submission of a pre-audit application, followed by an onsite audit that assesses animal welfare. Factors considered during the audit include, but are not limited to, housing, nutrition, water, lighting, shade, sound, activity levels, and the training of staff who are interacting with the animals. The benchmarks are species specific.

“We have an amazing dedicated, passionate and professional animal care team that strives daily to ensure all of our animals have the highest animal welfare. The recognition of that ongoing and unwavering love and commitment for our animals by such a respected program as Global Humane Conservation is validation of our high standards of animal welfare. As a modern Zoo, we are extremely proud to have received this prestigious re-certification,” said Dr. Carla Flanagan, Veterinarian and Zoological Director.

The Global Humane ConservationTM program is the first certification effort solely dedicated to helping verify the welfare and humane treatment of animals living in zoos, aquariums, and conservation centres across the globe. The program enforces rigorous, science-based, and comprehensive criteria for animal welfare that are reviewed by an independent Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science, animal behaviour, and animal ethics. The audit helps to verify excellent practices at deserving zoos and aquariums and offers increased assurance to visitors that the institution they are visiting is worthy of their support.

About Zoomarine Algarve:

Since its inception in 1991, Zoomarine Algarve has grown to be a premier destination, blending education and entertainment seamlessly, in a way that touches hearts and changes behaviours. Boasting diverse attractions like zoological exhibits, immersive animal habitats, thrilling rides, and Portugal’s largest wave beach, Zoomarine offers visitors an unforgettable experience that enlightens and educates in equal measure.

About Global Humane:

Global Humane is the international brand of American Humane, which is the United States’ first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, helping to verify the humane treatment of more than one billion animals across the globe each year. Founded in 1877, American Humane has been First to ServeTM the cause of animals and for over 145 years has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the humane movement. For more information or to support our lifesaving work, please visit, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our channel on YouTube for the latest breaking news and features about the animals with whom we share our Earth.

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