Conservation, Collaboration, Community.

The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a membership association for animal care professionals comprised of numerous local chapters throughout the world. The mission of AAZK is to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s local AAZK chapter is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wild places by promoting community awareness and the professional growth of its members. We accomplish these goals by hosting annual fundraising events that provide funds to various worldwide conservation organizations, sponsor professional development opportunities for our members, and connect us with members of the local community. Follow us on our CMZ AAZK Facebook page to learn more.

Local AAZK Highlights

Take a look at who we are and what we do at CMZoo.


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Regular Registration is open September 2-28, 2021.

WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 2021
TIME: 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Summit Interquest, 1180 Interquest Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
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Strike Out Extinction! Join us for an evening of bowling fun and fundraising, all to help save wild rhinos. Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), and AAZK’s chapter at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

REGISTER ONLINE – Yourself or Your BFR Team:


In addition to bowling there will be:

  • Food and drinks available for purchase
  • Silent auction
  • Rhino merchandise, and more!

Bowling for Rhinos AAZK national logo

BFR Benefits Rhino Conservation

– All 5 of the world’s remaining rhino species are currently listed as endangered.
– 100% of BFR proceeds go toward rhino conservation efforts in Africa and Asia.
– Each year BFR events around the country help to ensure that rhinos are protected and preserved for generations to come.
– Find out more about Bowling for Rhinos mission and history at

Cost per Person

Registration includes two games of bowling and shoe rental.

  • Early-Bird Registration: August 4 – 18: $30, includes a 2021 Bowling for Rhinos T-shirt
  • Pre-Registration: August 19 – September 1 – June 21, $35, includes a 2021 Bowling for Rhinos T-shirt
  • Regular Registration: September 2 – 28, $30, does NOT include a T-shirt
  • Day of Registration: September 30, $35 at the door, does NOT include a T-shirt – but T-shirts may be available for purchase for $15 each (if not sold out).

Bowling for Rhinos t-shirt design

Event Details

– All registration options include shoes and 2 games of bowling.
– Additional games may be paid for at the event.
– Teams may be up to 5 people, including a designated captain.
– If you love rhinos but don’t wish to bowl, spectators are welcome to attend at no charge.

REGISTER ONLINE – Yourself or Your BFR Team:


Questions & Updates

Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Faceook Page for more event details and updates, or email [email protected].

Conservation Connections

AAZK plays a major role in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. Our chapter at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo sponsors two core conservation organizations that are nominated by members as legacy projects to receive funding over the course of a two-year period. Members may also nominate additional organizations to receive funding or support on a case by case basis.

HIghlights of organizations AAZK of CMZoo chapter is currently sponsoring:.

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