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

Hot Cakes with Apes
Saturday, August 4
8:00 a.m. -9:30 a.m.

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Join Memphis AAZK for a pancake breakfast featuring some of our greatest apes! Breakfast will be focused on our Orangutans and Gorillas! This event will include some fun enrichment opportunities for our apes, a personalized keeper chat, and a sit down breakfast with some of our dedicated Zoo keepers! You definitely won’t want to miss this exciting event! 


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American Association of Zookeepers: Memphis