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: Melissa Peterson

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

Questions? Please contact

Fundraisers and Events 2019

  • Beers for Bears
  • Animals in Action Day
  • World Binturong Day
  • Wine for Rhinos
  • Backstage Pass
  • Cooper Young Festival Booth
  • Glow Lights at Zoo Boo
  • Calendar
  • Enrichment Tree


Related Links

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



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AAZK's Wine for Rhinos

Join Memphis AAZK as they support rhino conservation efforts with a night of wine, food, and fun. There are wine tastings, a tour of the winery, great food and a silent auction. All proceeds go towards rhino conservation. 

Cost: $35 in advance. $40 at the door.
To purchase tickets, click here.   Click on June 24, in the calendar to purchase tickets.

Includes: 4 wine tastings, 1 glass of wine, food, tour, and access to our silent auction. 

Each participant receives 1 rhino wine charm with registration. 

Must be 21 or over.


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