AAZK Resource Committee (ARC)/NZKW

The AAZK Resource Committee creates, maintains, and distributes a living database of resources for chapters, members, and institutions that explore frequently asked questions and emerging issues in animal care. ARC will promote the work of animal care professionals and institutions year-round, including during National Zoo Keeper Week, through publications and social media venues. ARC will also guide AAZK chapters, highlight keepers’ contributions to conservation, and further the zoo keeping field by creating original content, graphics, and resources reflective of the needs of the membership and professional community.


To provide AAZK chapters, members, and institutions with the tools necessary for elevating the animal keeping profession and the zooquaria field as a whole.


The AAZK Resource Committee will research, identify, and assemble the necessary tools to establish AAZK members as leaders in the zoological field.

Board Oversight – Communication Team

Hardy Kern

ARC and NZKW Committee Chair

national zoo

Robin Sutker


Kristen Scaglione – Kristen.scaglione@aazk.org


Chapter Resources and Networking Team Leader
Jenny Walsh – ARC@aazk.org

Keeper and Member Resources Team Leader
Loren Berry – ARC@aazk.org

National Zoo Keeper Week Team Leader
Kristen Scaglione – Kristen.scaglione@aazk.org


National Zoo Keeper Week

A component of the AAZK Resource Committee is National Zoo Keeper Week As the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats has increased, our role as educators and wildlife ambassadors has become essential. During the third week of July each year, celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week; both keepers and animals deserve professional recognition.

 General Information:

National Zoo Keeper Week 2018 is July 15-21. This year NZKW will be highlighting how great animal care and conservation efforts require great teamwork. For the most up to date information on NZKW and chapters across the country, visit AAZK on Facebook. To submit a highlight for an AAZK chapter, obtain a list of NZKW events/fundraiser ideas, or join the NZKW program team, please email the ARC Chair at robin.sutker@aazk.org.

National Zoo Keeper Week’s Mission:

To recognize and promote dedicated zoo and aquarium professionals year round, culminating in an annual celebration during the third week in July – National Zoo Keeper Week.

When is National Zoo Keeper Week?

National Zoo Keeper Week starts annually on the third Sunday of July. Remember – it’s never too early (or too late) to start planning for NZKW; check out the dates for upcoming years:

July 15-21, 2018
July 21-28, 2019
July 19-25, 2020

Representative Susan A. Davis introduced House Resolution 509 on June 21, 2007:
Expresses support for the goals and ideals of National Zookeeper Week. Recognizes the contributions zookeepers make to the care and conservation of captive exotic animals and to research, public education, and recreation. Expresses a renewed dedication to the appreciation and preservation of animal wildlife and nature and an invigorated effort to foster conservation projects and increase awareness of the need for preservation.

H. Res. 509 National Zoo Keeper Week 2007

ARC/National Zoo Keeper Week Resources:

NZKW 2018 Planning Packet

Why it’s Never Too Early (or Late) to Plan for NZKW – Robin Sutker

MASTER NZKW Activities






NZKW Graphics




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