American Association of Zoo Keeper Events
Support the Greater Sacramento Chapter of AAZK at these wonderful events!
2017 New Events, details coming soon!
May 20: International Migratory Bird Day
June 24: World Giraffe Day
October 21: World Lemur Day
Stuffed Animal Veterinary Clinic
At the Sacramento Zoo on the Veterinary Hospital Lawn
Is your teddy bear feeling under the weather? Does your stuffed animal have a cut that needs fixing? We are here to help! A Stuffed Animal Veterinarian will assess the overall health of your stuffed animal and make a diagnosis based on the symptoms. Exams are just $3 per stuffed animal. Repairs with exam are $5 and stuffed animals adoptions with exam are $4. Proceeds benefit OVAID, a nonprofit that provides veterinary equipment, supplies, medication and veterinary presence and mentoring to Orangutan NGO's in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Member Evening Enrichments
At the Sacramento Zoo
Are you a Sacramento Zoo member? Join us for the Member Evening, which is just for you! AAZK is hosting an enrichment fair that night, where you have the chance to play an active role in the enrichment of our Zoo animals. Purchase pre-made enrichments from zoo keepers and watch as the animal enjoys it on the spot! Keepers will also be on hand to answer any of those animal questions you have just been dying to ask. Proceeds benefit Greater Sac AAZK.
Stuffed Animal Clinic
Black & white ruffed lemur enrichment
We are partnering with Wildlife Care Association (WCA) in a truly unique fundraising experience. Each year WCA rehabilitates thousands of animals, releasing them back to the wild after their recovery. Come witness this spectacular release of rehabilitated owls as they take flight and continue their wild lives. To reserve a spot for $10 email Lori Tierney. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Care Association.
Red Panda Day
September 30, 2017: 10 am to 4 pm
At the Sacramento Zoo
Join us for an interactive and educational event about Red Panda awareness and conservation. Kids (and adults too!) can become “Red Panda Rangers” after stopping at the various Red Panda Stations and completing the Panda activities. Other stations include face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own flag that will be added to the ones currently surrounding the Red Panda exhibit. Come by and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win your favorite Red Panda themed artwork, décor, and other keepsakes. All proceeds benefit The Red Panda Network (RPN), a conservation group working directly with community-based organizations in Nepal.
Weekends in December: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
At the Sacramento Zoo
Celebrate the holiday season with homemade fresh and burlap wreaths in addition to ornaments painted by the Zoo animals! We will be inside the front of the Zoo during the December weekends selling beautiful wreaths and ornaments for your home. While supplies last. Proceeds benefit Greater Sac AAZK animal conservation efforts.
Barn owl release
Greater Sac AAZK Members
What is AAZK?
AAZK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. AAZK’s purpose is to foster a professional attitude in animal keepers and aquarists by encouraging them to become active members of professional teams at today’s zoos and aquariums. AAZK supports the promotion and implementation of zoo keeper education and strives to make the general public aware of our concern for all deserving conservation projects and the need for the preservation of our natural resources and the species that depend on those resources.
Who is Greater Sac AAZK?
Mission Statement: Greater Sac AAZK is a chartered member in good standing of American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. Our purpose shall be to educate and assist zoological personnel in their roles as animal caretakers, public educators, scientific researchers, wildlife conservationists and to promote our zoological institution as a cultural establishment, dedicated to the enrichment of human and natural resources.
We will support and publicize our concern for deserving conservation projects and do our part in educating the general public to the need for preserving our natural resources and animal life. We will promote public education on the topics of zoos and related animal care facilities as well as promote and establish good relationships amongst professional zoo keepers. We strive to establish a means to stimulate incentive and create greater interest in sound captive animal management through the zoo keeping profession; and to promote projects and programs that will strengthen the professional zoo keeper's knowledge.