Brandywine Zoo AAZK

Brandywine Zoo AAZK

1001 N Park Dr, Wilmington (DE), 19802, United States

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The Brandywine Zoo Chapter of AAZK is a non-profit organization made up of Brandywine Zoo's Keepers, Educators, and Volunteers. Our goal is to expand our conservation efforts through the partnership with the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK).

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Mission The AAZK Mission

* Promote zoos and aquariums as cultural establishments
* Provide a resource and forum of continuing education
* Foster the exchange of research materials
* Provide information through publications and conferences
* Promote conservation
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The Brandywine Zoo AAZK Chapter (BZAAZK) is made up of zoo keepers, educators, and other zoo employees. We are committed to supporting the professional and conservation efforts of AAZK. By supporting BZAAZK, you help enhance, the professional development of its members, and you also help our chapter through fundraising efforts, to contribute to conservation both locally and globally. Some fund raising events we have hosted include, ‘Bowling For Rhinos’, which raises money for rhino conservation. Another annual fund raising event we hose is 'Tango For Tamarins’. Monies raised at this event help the Golden Lion Tamarins in Brazil and here at the Zoo. We also raise money to help with professional development for the keepers. We host free 'Guest Speaker' events to help educate the public and other zoo professionals on a variety of topics. Past guest speakers have included Dr. Erica Miller, Dr.La’Toya Latney and Hillary Taylor, Delaware’s wildlife rehabilitator. Next time you are at The Brandywine Zoo, stop a keeper and chat with us. We love to talk about our jobs, the animals in our care, our AAZK Chapter and what our chapter does, and even what it takes to become a zoo keeper

Being a zoo keeper means being passionate, dedicated, hardworking, and having a love of animals and people. Zoo keepers are care givers, educators, conservationists, trainers, and a lot more. Everything we do during our work day directly affects the animals in our care. Our days include feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, making sure all the animals are healthy and happy, both physically and mentally. We do “positive reinforcement” training and we also do behavioral enrichment for the animals. The training we do helps us better care for the animals and the enrichment keeps the animals stimulated and hopefully solicits some of their natural behaviors. Our days are also made up of problem solving, brainstorming, and progressive learning. Zoo keepers give 100% of themselves to their jobs

Founded Founded in 2013
  • 1001 N Park Dr, Wilmington (DE), 19802, United States
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