ZAG is a not-for-profit Zoo and Aquarium buyers group that traces its humble beginnings to the late 1980's. It was started by a group of buyers who met annually at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, in Gatlinburg, TN. These informal meetings proved to be great opportunities to share ideas, and resulted in ongoing lines of communication between buyers in the Zoo and Aquarium gift industry. Due to the wealth of information shared at these annual "get-togethers" for buyers, ZAG meetings at The Smoky Mountain Gift Show and now The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies have continued to grow in popularity.
In the past few years ZAG has undergone phenomenal growth, with its membership surpassing 200 buyers, and is currently supported by over 50 sponsors. Recent ZAG projects include the publication of ZAG newsletters, the development of a website, and also a concerted effort to host annual meetings that produce valuable networking tools for our members. The development of regional meetings throughout the country and incorporation are among a few of the new projects that are currently being worked on by members of ZAG.
Now the rest is up to you! We need active members to help us grow this worthwhile organization for the mutual benefit of our zoos and aquariums.
If you are interested in becoming a member of ZAG or a ZAG sponsor, please click here.