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 2017

  • Animal Sex Trivia
  • Beers for Bears
  • Animals in Action Day
  • World Binturong Day
  • Pet Adoption Day
  • Winos for Rhinos
  • Breakfast with the Keepers
  • 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



Watch the Pandemonium Live

AAZK Breakfast with a Keeper

Breakfast with Zambezi Keepers

Saturday October 15
8am to 9:30 a.m.
To purchase tickets, click here

Please join us for our last breakfast event of the year. We will take a walk through Zambezi and see some of the animals that are the newest to the Memphis Zoo. After enjoying our animal encounters, we invite you to sit down to breakfast and visit with the keepers who care for these magnificent creatures. Our last big AAZK event of the year is definitely one you won't want to miss!


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