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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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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´.
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:
The ICZ steering committee has set guidelines for new member associations of the ICZ. The term Professional Association applies to any of the current or future professional keeper associations. The current cost of being a Professional Association has been set at USD 50 per year. The benefit of being a Professional Association of the ICZ is that every Professional Association will have representation on the Steering Committee of the ICZ.|
The term Affiliate is used to describe the membership of any keeper who is not a member of a professional keeper association. For example, a keeper in Venezuela, which has no national keeper association, can still be a member of the ICZ . The membership for a Professional Affiliate is free. Professional Affiliates will not be represented on the ICZ Steering Committee, however they are eligible for the Reference Committee.
Institutional supporter membership is available for only USD 250 per annum or 3 years for USD 700. Your support will give you the opportunity to nominate a partner zoo needing improvement as a sponsored institutional supporter of the ICZ.
Benefits include discount for institutional ICZ supporters at ICZ member conferences & association publications. Use of the ICZ website to promote your relevant conferences & other keeper related activities. Your institution will be shown on the link page of the ICZ website with a hyperlink to your website. Use the ICZ website to post Job and Internship opportunities. You can also be eligible to host ICZ Conferences and ICZ related events, keeper workshops etc. You will receive the periodic electronic ICZ newsletter to keep up to date with the ICZ activities.
Contact the membership officer for more information on forming a professional keeper association or joining the ICZ.