AAZK’s purpose is to foster a professional attitude in animal keepers by encouraging them to become active members of the professional teams at today’s zoos and aquariums. AAZK supports the promotion and implementation of zoo keeper education and strives to make the general public aware of our concern for all valid and deserving conservation projects and the need for the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.

Our mission as members of the Utah Chapter of AAZK is to demonstrate leadership in the animal care profession. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness, advancing animal care, enhancing professional development and contributing to local and global conservation through fundraising and stewardship. Our goal is to inspire and motivate through our roles as animal caregivers, educators and conservationists.  


Wild Stampede- 5K Run and Walk for Wildlife



  •   two(2) 2012 Zoo passes
  •   breakfast provided in the Zoo’s Event Pavilion
  •   the chance to meet some Zoo Ambassador animals.
  •   a commemorative t-shirt



The Utah Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), in partnership with Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Sports Am L.L.C., is proud to host our third annual “Wild Stampede- 5K Run and Walk for Wildlife” on Saturday September 29th, 2012

AAZK (AAZK) is an organization of zoo keepers and volunteers dedicated to professional development and conservation projects.  All proceeds from the event will directly benefit two wildlife conservation organizations – Wild Aware Utah and Wildlife SOS India.

We hope you will join us at Utah’s Hogle Zoo where the fun course begins at the Zoo, wraps up around Wasatch Boulevard and returns back to the Zoo. After the run you can enjoy food, music and awards in the Zoo’s Events Pavilion.

Registration to run or walk the course can be done online. Please visit our website for more information and links www.utahaazk.org. If you have any questions feel free to contact us by e-mail utahaazk@gmail.com.

Check-in 7 AM, Kid’s dash starts 8:30 AM, 5K starts at 9:30 AM
$30 registration

Bowling For Rhinos

Bowling for RhinosBeginning as a small scale conservation event in 1990, Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) has grown exponentially and is now a huge fundraiser all across North America. View a video about BFR.  BFR is organized by zoo keepers and volunteers and sponsored by generous donors. Our Utah Chapter American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has raised over $123,000, which has contributed to the national total of nearly 4 million dollars. 100% of all donations are distributed for rhino conservation around the world. The Utah Chapter AAZK has been involved with this global conservation effort to save rhinos since 1992. Poaching has increased significantly in the past year due to the economy and political climate, so we need your help now more than ever!

In Kenya, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy uses these funds to help protect both Black and White Rhinos as well as other endangered wildlife in East Africa. In Indonesia, our funds support the Ujung Kulon, Bukit Barisan Seletan and Way Kambas National Parks. Ujung Kulon is home to the last remaining Javan rhinos, a population that numbers less than 50 animals. Way Kambas and Bukit Barisan Seletan are both home to the Sumatran Rhino as well as other critically endangered species of wildlife. All three parks utilize donations for monitoring equipment, security and community outreach and education.

This year our event was held on Friday June 22 at Olympus Hills Bowling Lanes.  If you’d like to bowl with us next year and join with us in helping to save rhinos contact us via email and we’ll give you all  the details, fun benefits and prizes bowlers will be eligible for this year.  If you want to pre-resister you can download a registration form.