What is AAZK?

The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. is a nonprofit volunteer organization (U.S. 501c3) made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.

AAZK began in 1967 in San Diego, CA with the purpose of promoting professionalism in zoo keeping through education of zoological staff members in the most modern and current techniques of captive exotic animal care. AAZK’s mission 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. Membership is currently about 2,700 and includes individuals at all levels of zoo staff from directors, curators, and veterinarians to zoo keepers, animal health technicians, volunteers, and students.

AAZK’s purpose is to foster a professional attitude in animal keepers by encouraging them to become active members of the professional teams at today’s zoos and aquariums. AAZK supports the promotion and implementation of zoo keeper education and strives to make the general public aware of our concern for all valid and deserving conservation projects and the need for the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.


Phoenix Chapter of AAZK

The Phoenix Chapter of AAZK is one of approximately 85 local chapters from around North America that comprise the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc.

The mission of the Phoenix Chapter of AAZK is to support zoo personnel in their roles as animal care givers, public educators, and conservationists; to support professional growth by providing resources for continuing education; to enhance animal care through enrichment; and contribute to global conservation efforts through fundraising.

The Phoenix Chapter of AAZK is open to any and all individuals that have a genuine interest in the animal care field, whether they be animal keepers, volunteers, educators, or conservationists. We do not charge a local membership fee, however, to be considered a voting member of the chapter you must be a member of the national American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc.

For more information on joining our chapter, contact theboard@phoenixaazk.org or just come to our next meeting!
For more information on the national level, or to join national AAZK, click here.