In the About Us section:

American Association of Zoo Keepers Events


May 17, 2014

Support Painted Dog Conservation by coming out to the Zoo and participating in the annual 5K race or one of the kids’ races. The 5K will run through and around the Zoo and is open to any age. The race begins in the Zoo parking lot and finishes inside the Zoo, at the Trails of Africa exhibit.

Click here to register for Zoo Run.

Bowling for Rhinos

AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser began on a small scale and is now an AAZK-sponsored North American event raising between $200,000 – $300,000 annually. 100% of all donations are sent directly to rhino conservation organizations including Lewa Wildife Conservancy and International Rhino Foundation. Join us annually in July for a night of bowling to help save rhinos! Please click here for more information.

AAZK’s National Mission Statement

AAZK is a nonprofit (U.S. 501c3) volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. AAZK’s mission is to provide a resource and a forum of continuing education for the animal care professional and to support zoo and aquarium personnel in their roles as animal caregivers, scientific researchers, public educators and conservationists; to promote zoos and aquariums as cultural establishments dedicated to the enrichment of human and natural resources; to foster the exchange of research materials, enrichment options and husbandry information through publications and conferences which will lead to a greater understanding of the needs and the requirements of all animals.

Birmingham Chapter of AAZK Mission Statement

The Birmingham Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers strives toward providing continuing education, raising awareness for conservation, and fostering an appreciation for the animal care profession, while assisting the Birmingham Zoo in its mission.


President- Christine Hoskinson

Vice President- Celeste Harris

Secretary- Lauren Kimbro

Treasurer- Bridget Weidner

Contact Us: aazk@birminghamzoo.com