National Zoo Keeper Week

What is National Zoo Keeper week?:

In recognition of dedicated animal care professionals, the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and zooquariam across the nation are celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week from July 19-25. In addition to bringing awareness to the animal care field, AAZK’s NZKW promotes professionalism and the dedication to conservation shared by all keepers. This year, AAZK is introducing its #ItTakesAZoo social media campaign to showcase how zoo keepers collaborate with many different departments, and sometimes act as those departments in addition to their animal care jobs, to accomplish excellent animal care, conservation and education.

2020 Theme : It Takes a Zoo: Zoo Keeping Takes Collaboration, emphasizing the zoo keepers who utilize different departments to help care for animals and their wild counterparts.


Provide members with the tools and support to recognize their peers and promote the animal care profession


Connect the public with animal care professionals- to raise awareness of what animal care prof do year-round, recognizing their hard work, conservation efforts and passion


The National Zoo Keeper Week program, provides tools and resources for he members that promote the animal care profession and educate the general public, each year finding innovative and novel ways of doing zoo.