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


  • 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

Breakfast with the Keepers
Please join
 Memphis AAZK for a Waffles with Winnie breakfast! On Saturday, April 28, Memphis AAZK will be hosting a special breakfast with the keepers event featuring Winnie, our 1 year old hippo. Guests will get to experience a private keeper chat and enrichment demonstration. After, sit down with some of our keepers and enjoy a delicious waffle breakfast. Access to a silent auction will be included.

$35/Children 2-11
$40/Adults (12+)

To purchase tickets, click here


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American Association of Zookeepers: Memphis