The American Association of Zoo Keepers
New England Chapter
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What is AAZK?
The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. began in 1967 in San Diego, CA with the purpose of promoting professionalism in zookeeping through education of zoological staff members in the most modern and current techniques of captive exotic animal care.
The New England AAZK chapter was established in 1981. The organization is dedicated to conservation and zookeeper education. Each year we raise funds to support conservation and professional development of our staff through scholarships.
If you would like more information or would like to make a donation to AAZK please contact one of our officers at 617-989-2081.
President: Jef TaylorVice President: Sarah WoodruffTreasurer: Amanda KamradtSecretary: Rachel JakosalemLiaison: Melissa Durham
Supporting Conservation and Animal Causes
The New England Chapter of AAZK has donated to various organizations including Pandrillus, Drill Rehabilitation & Breeding Center in Nigeria and the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center in Panama.Annually, we participate in Bowling for Rhinos, a nationwide effort to benefit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and rhino conservation in Indonesia.
Proceeds from our Trivia Night events have enabled us to help support causes in our local community, such as the Franklin Park Coalition, Forest Hills Educational Trust, and the Maggie Foundation.To learn more about these causes visit
We are founding members of the AZA/Ape TAG Conservation Initiative, the only AAZK chapter to commit at this level, donating $3,000 over three years. By supporting the AZA/Ape TAG Conservation Initiative we were able to help with the conservation of wild ape populations. To learn more about the Ape TAG visit www.apetag.org/.
American Association of Zoo Keepershttp://www.aazk.org Association of Zoos and Aquariumshttp://www.aza.org Bowling for Rhinoshttp://www.aazkbfr.org El Valle Amphibian Conservation Centerhttp://www.houstonzoo.org/en/cms/?2149 Lewa Wildlife Conservancyhttp://www.lewa.orgPandrillus, Drill Rehabilitation & Breeding Centerhttp://pin.primate.wisc.edu/idp/idp/entry/375