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: Melissa Peterson

Vice President: Sarah Doherty
Treasurer: Abbey Elkert
Secretary: Susan Petrunio

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  • Animal Sex Trivia
  • Beers for Bears
  • Animals in Action Day
  • World Binturong Day
  • Pet Adoption Day
  • Wine for Rhinos
  • Breakfast with the Keepers
  • Backstage Pass
  • Cooper Young Festival Booth
  • Glow Lights at Zoo Boo
  • Calendar
  • Enrichment Tree

Wine for Rhinos
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7-10 p.m.

Join Memphis AAZK for their annual Wine For Rhinos event. Wine for Rhinos is a fundraiser that benefits rhino conservation. Rhino numbers are decreasing in the wild and Memphis AAZKs biggest event of the year helps to raise funds and awareness to save these species. Wine for Rhinos will be held on Saturday June 23 at Delta Blues Winery from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets include a glass of wine, four wine tastings,  hors d'oeuvres, and access to a silent auction. Ticket prices are to be determined. For further information please visit Memphis AAZK on Facebook.


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