American Association of Zoo Keepers — Indianapolis Chapter

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Animal care professionals coming together to advance animal care, animal welfare and conservation — that’s what the American Association of Zoo Keepers is all about. As the local membership of this volunteer nonprofit 501c(3) organization, the Indianapolis AAZK chapter is dedicated to providing a continuing educational resource for animal care professionals and promoting participation in conservation efforts.

Join the Indy AAZK chapter at these fun events to support the mission of both the AAZK and the Indianapolis Zoo — advancing animal conservation. For more information, contact indyaazk@gmail.com or visit the Indianapolis AAZK Chapter Facebook page.

Tailgating for Tiger​s

Sept. 23,​ 2017

Thanks for helping protect endangered tigers in 2016! We are proud to announce that we raised $2,600 to be donated to the SaveTigersNow.org campaign! We had a wild time at last year's event, enjoying food, drinks, and community for a great cause. Join us next year in September for the 2017 Tailgating for Tigers, and look for last year's fundraising total—coming soon! ​

By playing tailgating games, eating delicious food, drinking local beer and listening to some great music at our event, you support the SaveTigersNow.org campaign of the World Wildlife Fund. [more ...]

Proceeds from Tailgating for Tigers helps protect the five remaining endangered tiger subspecies. SaveTigersNow.org focuses on saving tigers across their habitat through anti-poaching efforts, gaining support from governments to protect and connect tiger habitat, and clamping down on illegal tiger trade. The first-ever event in 2014 raised $1,200. With your support, we can protect tigers and their habitat for future generations to enjoy!

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Stand Up for Sharks

​Oct. 2017

Join the Indy AAZK for a night of wildly funny comediansto support our finned friends in need. Enjoy plenty of beer and food  and a silent auction.

Great white sharks are targeted by the shark-fin trade, trophy hunters and those feeding into shark paranoia from attention such as Jaws. Only a few thousand great white sharks remain left in the world, leaving them vulnerable to extinction. [more...]

The water off the coast of Gansbaai, a little fishing town in the Western Cape of South Africa, contains the richest population of great white sharks in the world. This population is invaluable to researchers striving to improve conditions for great white sharks, which is why all of the money raised from Stand Up for Sharks will be used to help with research programs at Dyer Island and protect the incredible animals in this area. Help protect great white sharks and ensure they are here for future generations!

Thanks to Crossroads Comedy Festival, Sun King Tasting Room, and YOU for making Stand Up for Sharks a success in past years! All proceeds raised from the event will continue to be sent to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Bonus Conservation: Pints for Penguins

For every beer purchased, you help build nests on the coast of Africa for penguins whose nesting areas are in danger just like the habitats of the great white shark.As of 2009, only 1,200 breeding pairs of African penguins were left on​ Dyer Island, one of the last remaining breeding locations for this species. Pints for Penguins is an effortless and fun way to protect these furry, flightless birds.  

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Paint your Pet or Zoo Animal Party

Details coming soon!

The Indianapolis AAZK hosted the inaugural event for their newest fundraiser in November at the Metazoa Brewing Company, where animal lovers joined us to paint a photo of their pet or favorite zoo animal for a good cause! 

This fundraiser supports the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers, and we hope to see you all there! ​​

Bowling for Rhinos​

Look for 2018 event details coming soon! 

The 2017 Bowling for Rhinos event was a major success! We had record attendance this year, with participants raising $14,000 to support the International Rhino Foundation. Along with three games of bowling, party-goers enjoyed a silent auction that included behind-the-scenes Zoo tours, animal paintings and much more! We couldn't have done it without you, so join us again next year!  ​

The rhinos of the world are in a special predicament. In 2013, there were 1,006 rhinos poached in South Africa alone. Last year, 1,350 were poached for their horns. This number is steadily increasing due to the high demand in parts of China and Vietnam. While the number may not seem that high, when you take into account there are only 29,0​00 rhinos left, it is possible they will be extinct in our lifetime. In addition, parks need funds to protect the remaining wild rhinos that constantly need assistance to fight the poaching battle. [mo​re...]

Some scientists believed that we would reach a tipping point in 2014, where the number of rhinos poached will outnumber the rhino babies born. The good news is that you can help! All you have to do is bowl! Get a team together and start planning for this year's event! Donation money goes to help three ecosystems: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Africa, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra and Ujung Kulon in Java. Not only will conservation in these three areas help rhinos, it will also help a whole host of other animals, such as Sumatran tigers and Malayan sun bears.

LWC (formerly Ngare Sergoi Sanctuary) is a 65,000-acre protected area that is home to the endangered black and white rhinos. Ujung Kulon is a 300-square-mile protected area that is home to the last 47 Javan rhinos in the world! BBSNP is 3,568 square kilometers of lush tropical rainforest where the Sumatran rhinos live, along with elephant, tiger, and Malayan sun bear. All three support an entire ecosystem, including some of the world's most endangered plants and animals. To date, the local event has raised more than $135,000 to support these conservation efforts. [close]