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 or visit the Indianapolis AAZK Chapter Facebook page.

Bowling for Rhinos​

April 28 • 5:30-9pm • Woodland Bowl ​

​Enjoy pizza and bowling at this year's Bowling for Rhinos. Advanced registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt, or pay $35 at the door (no T-shirt). Registration costs includes two games, show rental, entertainment and pizza. 

The proceeds from Bowling for Rhinos are donated directly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. 

The 2017 Bowling for Rhinos event was a major success! We had record attendance last 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 this 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]

Tailgating for Tiger​s

Look for 2018 details coming soon!

Tailgaters enjoyed a night of food, drinks, games and community to benefit this cause for paws! We partnered with Metazoa Brewing Company for Tailgaiting for Tigers 2017. In 2016, we raised $2,600 to help protect endangered tigers.  

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

Proceeds from Tailgating for Tigers helps protect the five remaining endangered tiger subspecies. 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. ​With your support, we can protect tigers and their habitat for future generations to enjoy! [close]

Paint your Pet or Zoo Animal Party

Thanks for a great event!

Local animal lovers painted a pop art portrait of their pet or favorite Zoo animal at this year's paint your pet or zoo animal party. Check back for details on next year's event! 

Once you reserve your spot online and receive a confirmation, you can submit a photo of your furry friend that will be sketched onto a 12-inch square canvas. During the party, the host artist will guide you through each step of the painting process — from mixing your paint to brush stroke techniques — with no artistic talent required!

A portion of the fee goes back to support the Indianapolis AAZK Chapter. We hope to see you all there next year! ​​​