The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a membership association for animal care professionals. As a Non-profit 501c (3) organization one hundred percent of the funds raised goes towards conservation and the professional development of our keepers.
AAZK is dedicated to advancing animal care, promoting public awareness, enhancing professional development and contributing to local and global conservation through fundraising and stewardship. Our goal is to inspire and motivate through our roles as animal caregivers, educators and conservationists.
Jacksonville AAZK Chapter
Mission: To foster cooperation between animal care professionals to work together toward the common goal of raising awareness for and contributing to conservation projects, both locally and globally.
The Jacksonville chapter of AAZK was founded in 1988, and has since grown into a premier chapter in the field. We currently have over 30 members and are looking to expand our membership in the near future.
AAZK members are also members of our sister organization, the International Congress of Zookeepers (http://www.iczoo.org/). The ICZ is a worldwide network among zookeepers and other professionals in the field of wildlife care and conservation.
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2020 Jacksonville AAZK Officers
President – LeShea Cochu
Vice President – Rachel Perera
Treasurer – Janel Jankowski
Secretary – Stefanie Jackson
Conservation Officers - Tirzah Nichols & Kori Odum
Hornbill Research Foundation
Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge
Bowling for Rhinos
Giant Armadillo Project
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Chopsticks for Salamanders
Zookeeping as a Career
How to get experience:
Keeper for a Day