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AMERICAN ASSOCIATON OF ZOO KEEPERS

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.sdaazk.org

Mission Statement

AAZK San Diego's Mission Statement
◾To promote and establish good relationships among professional zoo keepers
◾To promote and establish a means to stimulate incentive and greater interest in the zoo keeping profession
◾To support deserving conservation projects to include educating the general public about the need for preserving our natural resources and animal life through these worthwhile efforts
◾To establish materials beneficial to zoo keeper education

Main Programs

  1. Bowling for Rhinos

service areas

International

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ruling year

1992

chief executive for fy 2014

Ann Knutson

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co-chief executive for fy 2015

Lindsey King

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Keywords

conservation, education, professional development

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EIN

93-1038602

Also Known As

AAZK San Diego

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Impact statement

AAZK San Diego's goals are to raising funding and awareness for conservation programs and to provide professional development opportunities to our members.

Thanks to the great support we have received from the community and our members, we have been able to raise funds through yearly events.

We are also able to offer workshops and special presentations to our members, thus providing professional development opportunities.

Programs

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Program 1

Bowling for Rhinos

Since BFR began in 1990, AAZK San Diego Chapter has been an enthusiastic yearly participant.
100% of all proceeds raised during this event go directly to rhino conservation projects. This includes conserving rhinos, their habitats, and hundreds of other endangered plants and animals in Africa and Asia. BFR contributes to the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) in Kenya as well as Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.
In Africa, there are only 5,500 black rhinos in isolated populations, 20,405 southern white rhinos, and only 3 (yes, only 3) northern white rhinos.
In Asia, there are just over 3,000 greater one horned rhinos, less than 100 Javan rhinos, and fewer than 60 Javan rhinos in existence. Poaching and habitat loss have caused rhino numbers to decline dramatically (over 90%) since 1970.
Rhinos need our help and it is through Bowling for Rhinos that we are able to raise funds to protect them and educate the general public regarding their status and needs.

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    ◾To promote and establish good relationships among professional zoo keepers
    ◾To promote and establish a means to stimulate incentive and greater interest in the zoo keeping profession
    ◾To support deserving conservation projects to include educating the general public about the need for preserving our natural resources and animal life through these worthwhile efforts
    ◾To establish materials beneficial to zoo keeper education
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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service areas

International

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American Assoc of Zoo Keepers
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATON OF ZOO KEEPERS

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ann Knutson

co-chief executive

Lindsey King

BIO

I was born and raised in San Diego, and was a member of the San Diego Zoo for my entire childhood. Once I graduated from UCSD and began looking into being able to get a job at the SDZoo I decided to leave San Diego for experience. I moved to Texas for a bird banding internship with the Institute of Bird Populations. After that I moved to Austin where I worked at the Austin Zoo. From there I moved to Wichita and got a part-time job in the Farms at the Sedgwick Co Zoo and from there got a full-time job with the bird department.

Once I became a full-time keeper I joined the Sedgwick Co Zoo's AAZK chapter. I was active in the SCZ chapter for the 4 years that I was full-time and held positions such as secretary and vice president. For the years of 2010 and 2011 I organized and hosted the chapters Bowling for Rhinos events. In 2011 the chapter raised almost $5000 and had ~80 people in attendance, which is the most ever raised and the largest attendance in their history. I also organized and coordinated the World Penguin Day that the zoo held in the 2010 and 2011 years, which was an educational event that also raised funds for penguins around the world.

When I moved to the San Diego Zoo at the beginning of 2012, eager to continue my involvement in AAZK, I stepped in to fill the vacant position of Fundraising Officer and Event Coordinator for the San Diego chapter. I organized the AAZK San Diego Bowling for Rhinos events in 2012 and 2013, raising a combined $40,000 and setting the all-time fund-raising record for the event in 2013. Also in 2013, I started two new annual fundraisers – Pints for Preservation and Croctoberfest – to raise funds for two different in situ conservation projects. In 2013 and 2014, I arranged for the Tri-city Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon to contribute to AAZK San Diego as one of their official charities.

I am passionate about wildlife conservation and during my time serving AAZK, I have worked very hard at expanding our opportunities to contribute to conservation projects that are important to our members. My experience within AAZK at two different zoos, combined with my work ethic, initiative, and passion will serve me well in the position of president.

I like being a part of the AAZK San Diego chapter board because I believe in what AAZK is about. The ability for a keeper to take their passion for wildlife and conservation and directly raise money for the projects that we as a chapter decide on is such a great thing. I also want to be able to utilize my other talents that I don't necessarily get to use on a daily basis in my career with the Zoo.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ann Knutson

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