Statement of the American Association of Zoo Keepers on Racial Equality

As animal keepers, we are granted the ability to engage with millions of Americans each year on topics such as environmental conservation, the preservation of natural resources, and animal biodiversity. Minorities and their communities across the globe continue to lawfully assemble and demonstrate in opposition to systemic racial inequalities and violence, and we stand by them.  We recognize that people of color are underrepresented in our profession and we must work on acknowledging, listening to, and learning about community concerns at this time. Diversity in the association and the field is integral to a successful workforce, and we recognize the work that needs to be done to serve all in our membership.  Today’s keepers are tomorrow’s hiring managers and AAZK hopes that our membership boosts the inclusion of minority interest, understanding, and presence in the animal care profession.