Helping the Animals

American Association of Zookeepers

AAZK is a non-profit, volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested people who want to do more for the conservation of animals. Memphis Zoo AAZK raises money to fund conservation and keeper education projects that we are passionate about. The following are just some of the organizations that Memphis AAZK has helped support over the years:

  • Bowling for Rhinos
  • Wolf River Conservancy 
  • Mid-South Raptor Rehab Center 
  • Center for Great Apes 
  • Lola Ya Bonobo 
  • Elephants for Africa 
  • And Many More!  

We also provide scholarships to keepers who wish to attend professional conferences.  


President: Jamie McTyre

Vice President: Amy Misner
Treasurer: Kelly Holmgren
Secretary: Karen Warda
Social Media and Marketing: Caitlin Miller and Sierra Browning

Questions? Please contact

Annual Fundraisers and Events

Related Links

American Association of Zookeepers: National Site
E-mail the Memphis Zoo AAZK chapter
American Association of Zookeepers: Memphis


Watch the Pandemonium Live

AAZK Breakfast with a Keeper

Join Memphis AAZK for our last event of the year at Breakfast with a Keeper with Lions. Get VIP access to the Zoo before it opens and come help us celebrate our lionesses, Jamela and Akeelah's 7 Birthday! Watch them as they shift out on exhibit for the day and enjoy their special enrichment while you get a personalized keeper chat. 

Then enjoy a hot breakfast in front of the exhibit with some of our very own Zoo Keepers. Want to take a souvenir home to remember your special day? There will be a silent auction with several one of kind items from our Cat Keeper team! What better way to start off your day? Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out. Email with questions or call 901-333-6509 

Saturday November 7
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Adults $40
Children (Ages 2-11) $35
To purchase tickets, click here

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