Welcome to the St. Louis Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers (St. Louis AAZK). St. Louis AAZK was established in 2003 and is made up of zookeepers, Zoo staff, docents and volunteers dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. Although not officially part of the Saint Louis Zoo, the St. Louis AAZK activities and efforts are fully endorsed by the Zoo.

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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

St. Louis AAZK Fulfills This Mission

T-shirts for Conservation

This program focuses on partnering with the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute. Each year we focus on one of the WildCare Institute's centers. This year features the Center for Conservation of the Horned Guan (Pavon) in Mexico. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt, e-mail antelope@stlzoo.org.

Recycling Cell Phones

To help protect endangered species, AAZK invites you to recycle your old cell phones, mp3 players, digital cameras and other electronic hand-held devices. The recycled materials keep items out of landfills and are used to produce new devices without taking the resources from habitats where endangered species would be disturbed. The funds AAZK receives for recycling go to support conservation projects worldwide. Over the past few years St. Louis AAZK has recycled thousands of devices and supported many different conservation efforts around the world.

Most of the world's known coltan, a mineral used in most high tech equipment, is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. Illegal mining of coltan is subsidizing rebel fighting, exploiting local people and endangering indigenous people and wildlife, including elephants and gorillas, in the second largest rainforest in the world.

Cell phones can be donated at the Welcome Desks at the North and South Entrances between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, or mailed to the Saint Louis Zoo, Cell Phone Recycling, One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Guest Lecture Series

The St. Louis AAZK invites employees, staff and special guests to speak about various topics concerning conservation, animal care and scientific research. Our general meetings are held on the fifteenth of each month in The Living World. For more information, please send an e-mail.

Bowling for Rhinos

Bowling for Rhinos is one of our major conservation projects to raise money and awareness for three Rhino Conservation Areas in Kenya, Indonesia and Sumatra. These conservation areas encompass not only rhinos, but hundreds of other species of animals and plants. Each year we host a bowl-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for rhino conservation. 100% of all proceeds from Bowling for Rhinos goes to the rhino conservation areas.

AAZK Donations

St. Louis AAZK has been proud to donate to the following organizations:

Animals Asia
Project Puffin
Grevy's Zebra Trust
WildCare Institute Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa
WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa
Sahara Conservation Fund
Balikpapan Orangutan Society
Trees for You and Me
Endangered Wolf Center
Acres for the Atmosphere
Polar Bears International
Bowling for Rhinos
WildCare Institute Center for Conservation of the Horned Guan in Mexico
AZAD
AZRA
AZFA
The Feather Distribution Project
American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) National
PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance) - apes
Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation
WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Western Asia
S2K2 (School Supplies for Kenyan Kids)
Asian Elephant Support
Northern Rangelands Trust
WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Forest Park
International Rhino Foundation – Lowveld Rhino Trust
WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru