Please note: Volunteers, Zoo employees and local emergency responders will take part in a routine animal escape drill on Wednesday, April 26 at Franklin Park Zoo, and Thursday, April 27 at Stone Zoo. These routine drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be able to participate in the evacuation portion, and may be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or


American Association of Zoo Keepers

Zoo New England Chapter

About AAZK

The mission of The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.

Our AAZK Chapter

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Established in 1981, the AAZK Zoo New England chapter is dedicated to conservation and zookeeper education. Each year, AAZK raises funds to support conservation and the professional development of keeper staff.

Our chapter 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.

We're founding members of the AZA/Ape TAG Conservation Initiative. We're also the only AAZK chapter to commit at this level, having donated $3,000 over three years to support the conservation of wild ape populations.

Contact Us

For more information or to make a donation, please email us at

President: Jef Taylor
Vice President: Sarah Woodruff
Treasurer: Rachel Jakosalem
Secretary: Melissa Durham
Liaison:  Katelyn Deaton