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American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK)

The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. began in 1967 in San Diego, CA with the purpose of promoting professionalism in zoo keeping through education of zoological staff members in the most modern and current techniques of captive exotic animal care. AAZK´s mission is to provide a resource and a forum of continuing education for the animal care professional and to support zoo and aquarium personnel in their roles as animal care givers, scientific researchers, public educators and conservationists; to promote zoos and aquariums as cultural establishments dedicated to the enrichment of human and natural resources; to foster the exchange of research materials, enrichment options and husbandry information through publications and conferences which will lead to a greater understanding of the needs and requirements of all animals.

Website: www.aazk.org


Asociacion Grupo Argentino Cuidadores de Animales Silvestres (GACAS)

The GACAS was created with the main objective to open up communication with all the people involved in the care and management of the Argentine Republic?s wildlife. This includes staff belonging to zoological parks, aquariums, rehabilitation centers of fauna, reserves and natural parks. The mission of the Argentine Group of Caregivers is to promote excellence in the maintenance and welfare of the animals, to foster effective communication for animal care, to provide the support that conservation projects deserve, and to promote the preservation of our natural resources and the animal welfare. GACAS is currently organizing courses, conferences and events on topics related to the care and management of wildlife under human care and conservation to increase the professionalism of its keepers and caregivers.

Website: www.gacas.com.ar


Asociación Ibérica de Cuidadores de Animales Salvajes (AICAS)

Founded in 2000, the Iberian Association of Zookeepers (AICAS) is constituted by Spanish and Portuguese Associates with the main goals of promoting the education, the professionalization and the exchange and dissemination of information in relation to the care and management of wild animals in captivity.
To accomplish these objectives, we have a biannual magazine, job and volunteer offers in our keeper forum, we are working in an enrichment database and we organize courses and a congress every three years.
AICAS is also committed with the rehabilitation and rescue centers, trying to collaborate with them with several conservation actions and spreading their work.

Our goal is also to encourage the preservation of biodiversity through the involvement of the workforce of zoos, aquariums, centers for rehabilitation and reintroduction of wildlife, nature reserves, parks and every other person working in the care and management of exotic wildlife or with a direct or indirect link with wildlife.

Being one of the founders of ICZ, these last years, AICAS turns into a reference also for Latin-American´s countries.

Website: www.aicas.org


Association Francophone de Soigneurs Animaliers (AFSA)

In 1999, three keepers from Doue la fontaine zoo, Pont scorff zoo and Branfere´s park begin to talk about the possibility to create an association of keepers like in other countries. The need to create AFSA was born due to the fact in France there is no exchange between keepers regarding zookeeping and that the job of keeper wasn´t professionnaly recognized. AFSA is an association of keepers only directed by keepers, it is adressed to all French keepers as well as staffs of zoos, aquariums, aviaries,etc. ...

The first meeting took place in November 1999 with the presence of some other associations of keepers´s representatives. In order to achieve the goals of AFSA, the association have printed journals called ´AFSA infos´ in order to inform menbers about all things which happened in French zoos as well as zoos around the globe.

Website: www.afsanimalier.com


Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK)

The Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK), is a non-profit organisation which has set its following goals and objectives: To improve cooperation among animal keepers, both nationally and internationally. To provide, encourage and organise facilities for the meeting of keepers of wild animals. To improve, through education, the professional competence of all involved with wild animal husbandry. To support the conservation of wildlife through out the world.

Website: www.abwak.org


Australasian Association of Zookeeping (ASZK)

Formed in 1976 the ASZK is primarily a professional organisation in the Australasian region which seeks to promote the exchange of information on all aspects of wild animal husbandry, and in so doing add to the conservation of rare and endangered species. The Society achieves these objectives through the production its journal ´thylacinus´, e-newsletters and through a series of workshops and annual conferences which are held throughout the Australasian region.

Website: www.aszk.org.au


Berufsverband der Zootierpfleger (BDZ)

The Berufsverband der Zootierpfleger e. V. was founded 1993 in Zoo Frankfurt. Now we are 900 members mainly in Germany but also in Swiss, Austria and Denmark. We have a journal three times a year and several special editions with different topics. We are running beside our annual meeting several workshops through the year sometimes also in other countries. We are associated member of the EAZA and working now close together with the other German zoo organisations.

Our goals are improving the knowledge of the keepers via providing and sharing information´s. We are supporting different nature conservation projects all over the world.

Website: www.zootierpflege.de


Stichting De Harpij (HARPIJ)

The Harpy Foundation is an organization for Dutch and Belgian zoo employees. It does not have a membership, but does publish a quarterly journal, The Harpy, that is available by subscription. The foundation´s chief goal is ´the improvement of care and well-being of non-domestic animals in the broadest sense of the word´.

The Harpy´s history began in 1980 when a group of zookeepers from the former Wassenaar Zoo took the initiative to distribute a newsletter written by zookeepers for zookeepers. They hoped via this publication to broaden their knowledge by exchanging experiences with keepers in other zoos. The first years were quite difficult, and it was sometimes questionable whether there was a reason to continue. But by 1985 the interest in the publication had grown, eventually resulting in the official establishment of the Harpy Foundation on 18 May 1988.

Much has changed in the years since then. Thanks to the support from the directorship of the participating zoos, and the efforts of approximately 30 zoo personnel, the Harpy Foundation has grown into an organization that is here to stay in the zoo world. The primary target group is the personnel of zoos in the Netherlands and Belgium that are members of EAZA.

Website: www.deharpij.com


Zookeepers Association of the Philippines (ZAP)

ZAP is the first professional association of zookeepers in the Philippines. The Association was formally registered under SEC Reg. No. CN200429756 in October 2004. ZAP´s aims and objectives are:
- To professionalize and promote brotherhood among zookeepers
- To serve as a venue for networking and exchange of ideas and information
- To promote concerted effort of zookeepers for education and conservation of wildlife
- To uphold standards on rescue, display and captive breeding of wild animals.
Actually ZAP has more than 90 members nationwide.

Website: www.facebook.com/ZookeepersAssociationOfThePhilippinesZAP


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