PS-AAZK is dedicated to professional care and conservation by fostering a professional attitude in animal keepers by encouraging them to become active members of the national organization of AAZK INC.
The PS-AAZK was organized not for profit, and the purpose to promote and establish good relationships among professional zoo keepers. To promote and establish means to stimulate incentive and create greater interest in the zoo keeping profession through projects that will strengthen the zoo keepers' job knowledge. To collect and disseminate information and materials beneficial to zoo keepers' continuous education.
Through AAZK publications, conferences, and chapter activites at local zoos, like PS-AAZK, provide the means to exchange ideas and discuss new methods of professional care, observation on animal behavior and other related information. The Animal Keepers' Forum, the monthly journal of AAZK, is the principle vehicle for communication among zoo keepers and other interested persons.
The Puget Sound Chapter of AAZK began in 1969, just two years after the national organization, which began in San Diego, CA.