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.

AAZK Events & Fundraisers

2022 Holiday Ornaments

Purchase your very own collector’s edition animal ornaments while they last, and help a great organization in the process!
Please note: this is the last year AAZK ornaments will be offered.

2022’s ornament choices:

  • Mountain Tapir: “Cofan” – $20
  • Red River Hogs: “Huey, Gus, Zena” – $15
  • Mexican Gray Wolf: “Luna” – $15


– Backside says: “2022 Collector Edition,” with AAZK logo & description.
– Size: approximately 1/8″ thick by 2 1/2″ diameter, scratch resistant.
– $3 shipping & handling per ornament.
– All proceeds from the ornaments go to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo AAZK Chapter to help fund the many conservation efforts that they support.

AAZK Holiday Ornaments for 2022 on sale here, December 1 – 22, 2022.

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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