Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on Saturday, August 29, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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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 aazk@zoonewengland.com.

President: Jef Taylor
Vice President: Sarah Woodruff
Treasurer: Grace Veres
Secretary: Rachel Jakosalem
Liaison: Melissa Durham