In the About Us section:

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.

Register for the 10th Annual Zoo Run

Saturday, May 16
ZooRun2015SeaLionLogoRegister today and run wild through the Zoo to benefit the Marine Mammal Center! The 10th Annual Zoo Run 5K begins at 7:30am in the Zoo parking lot and finishes in Trails of Africa and the kids races begin at 8am in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn. All participants receive FREE admission to the Zoo, with the opportunity to purchase additional discounted admission tickets for family (good for the day of the race only), a special t-shirt and more! Please click here to register today!

Registration is open until the day of the race. The Award ceremony will take place following the completion of the races in Trails of Africa.


President- Celeste Hicks

Vice President- Jason Miles

Secretary- Mallory Peebles

Treasurer- Bridget Weidner

Contact Us: aazk@birminghamzoo.com