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. 


Contact Information

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 Taylor
Vice President: Sarah Woodruff
Treasurer: Amanda Kamradt
Secretary: Rachel Jakosalem
Liaison: 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





American Association of Zoo Keepers 
Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
Bowling for Rhinos 
El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center 
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Pandrillus, Drill Rehabilitation & Breeding Center