A Unique Benefit for IZE Members

IZE membership includes access to select courses within the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) Academy which offers content that can be accessed via internet from anywhere in the world. 

The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance online Academy has for many years been available as a free benefit to all IZE members.  We recognize the enormous value of this benefit and are pleased to continue offering access, with certain changes as stipulated under a new agreement between IZE and SDZWA. 

Beginning in 2024, IZE will hold an organizational subscription to the SDZWA Academy that provides our members access to the following popular courses: 

  • Animal Welfare Professional
  • Animal Behavior – module 1
  • Interpretation Basics – modules 1, 2, and 3

Our members will also have access to the Create-a-Course module which allows users to publish their own online courses by uploading a PowerPoint or PDF. Individuals (or organizations) may still choose to purchase separate subscriptions to SDZWA Academy, should they desire additional courses. 

We know the online Academy has been very popular around the world and we look forward to continuing to offer this benefit to our members! We are very grateful to the Academy for their ongoing support of the IZE. 

Getting access to SDZWA Academy is easy. Just complete the form on the IZE web site. Once we confirm your IZE membership, you will receive login instructions, instructions on how to use the site, and contact information for someone who can address questions and concerns.


The SDZWA Academy Create A Course option is an added-value feature that gives you the tools to efficiently and cost-effectively create great training. SDZWA Academy staff will evaluate IZE member-created DIY modules that use their provided template, and select the best ones. Those deemed worthy will be converted to SDZWA Academy modules by their team of professional instructional designers and will take a place in the SDZWA Academy course catalog, which is accessed by thousands of users. The plan is that these courses will be 20 to 30 minutes in length, or less, and serve as short training opportunities.

When one of our newly created courses is approved for the SDZWA Academy course catalog, it will be featured in the Academy newsletter (https://sdzwaacademy.org//newsletter.html) with a link to the course on the Academy website, with a view sample. (Here are some examples of view samples: https://sdzwaacademy.org/courses-academy.html.)

When IZE members create 10 courses that have been converted for the SDZWA Academy, we’ll get our own tab in the course catalog, where the public can view samples of our course work. (See https://sdzwaacademy.org). To be eligible, courses may be written in any language. If you create a course that is selected for conversion, you will get full access to SDZWA Academy content for an additional year, and your institution gets 10 year-long subscriptions to the Academy.

Subscription to SDZWA Academy

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