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

Upcoming Events

– Art on the Hoof – Saturday, June 5, 2021 (get tickets below)

– Cheers for Rhinos will occur in September 2021 – date TBA

– Bowling for Rhinos will occur in October 2021 – date TBA

Art on the Hoof

DATE: Saturday, June 5, 2021
TIME: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: VIP Room at the Norris Penrose Event Center (Directions.)

Ticket will be available at the door, if not sold out.

Art on the Hoof is a fundraising art show and auction that showcases local artists and helps support your local American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) chapter! It features nature and animal inspired works of art. Guests receive admission, 1 art drawing ticket, 1 food and 1 drink ticket. Drawings will occur throughout the evening. When a ticket is chosen, the guest chooses a work of art. The drawings will continue until all guests have chosen a piece of art to take home.

For questions about the event email: [email protected]

Artists Call for Donations

ART ON THE HOOF needs your art! – AAZK of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is looking for local artists to donate animal or nature themed art to their annual Art on the Hoof fundraiser, June 5, 2021. Glass, wood, fiber, ceramics, wearable art, mixed media, sculpture, painting, metal, photography, basketry, print makers, jewelry, etc. All media types are welcome! Artists will receive a coupon code for a ticket discount.

To Donate Art:
– Complete this online AOH Art Donation Form
– Download the Art on the Hoof Flyer & Art Donation Form PDF

Artists can drop off art at ticket booth or ship to:
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo AAZK
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Deadline for art submissions: May 15, 2021, 5 p.m. in order to be listed in the program. However, artwork will be accepted until the event on June 5, 2021 (but those will not be listed in the program.)

For questions about the event email: [email protected]
For specific art questions 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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