Welcome to ASZK
Welcome to the website of the ASZK – a society based on improving the welfare of wild animals in captivity by allowing members to communicate achievements and advances in the areas of primarily animal husbandry.
If you have any queries regarding ASZK please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming ASZK events
Notice of ASZK Annual General meeting 22 May 2013 Auckland New Zealand
The ASZK annual general meeting for 2013 will be held on Wednesday 22 May at the ASZK conference in Auckland. Please note we will be voting for a new committee this year including the position of President which is being vacated by Carla Srb. The agenda has details of nominations received.
If you would like to vote but are unable to attend please use the proxy form below.
AGM Agenda 2013 - click here
AGM Minutes from 2012 - click here
Proxy form for absentee voting - click here
Next ASZK Conference Auckland 19-23 May 2013- click here for details
Pre and Post Conference work exeperience available
Includes day trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island 23 May.
Bowling for Painted Dogs April 2013.
During the month of April, the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping (ASZK) will be running their eighth national fundraiser, called “Bowling for Painted Dog”.
Painted Dogs are an endangered species in Africa. From a population of more than 300,000 only a century ago, the African Painted Dog now numbers only around 2500-3000 in the wild.
They are killed by farmers who perceive them as a threat to livestock as well as being killed on roads, caught in traps and snares they also die from introduced domestic dog diseases.
Money raised will go to Painted Dog Conservation Inc who are currently leading the fight to save the African Painted Dog.
Painted Dog Conservation Incorporated(Australia) is a non-profit organisation, established in October 2003 to provide support for projects in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Funds raised from this ASZK bowling event will be prioritised between current, long serving projects.
If you would like to be involved please contact our Bowling Coordinator Jocelyn Hockely at email@example.com
Keeper Funding Opportunities - Grants and scholarships
ASZK Des Spittall Scholarship for Keeper Research
Congratulations to Margaret Hawkins the successful applicant for the 2011 Des Spittall Scholarship for Keeper Research.
Named in honour of the late Des Spittall, a life member of ASZK, the ASZK committee has launched the Des Spittall Scholarship for keeper research. This is open to people who have been a financial member of ASZK for 12 months or more. This is an annual scholarship up to the value of $2,000. Applications now open for 2012. Click here for details
Congratulations to Wendy Gleen from Taronga Zoo for her winning submission for 2009 on “A study of intrinsic and extrinsic factors in wildlife reintroductions: bush rats and urban bushland remnants”
ASZK Annual Awards for 2012
Heidi Hellingman Award - Professional Achievement Award
This award is open to individual members of ASZK or institutions for outstanding achievement in the Zoo industry. This can be either within the past year or for individuals who have contributed to the industry over a long period of time. Examples of achievements include developing husbandry techniques, training, breeding programs, educational programs, facility development.
Congratulations to Mark Cairns our winner for 2011.
Enrichment Award – this is an area that keepers should be improving – the award is for developing & implementing enrichment plans. Nominations may come from institutions or individual members of ASZK.
Certificate of Recognition – for ASZK members who have contributed significantly in that year to ASZK either as a committee member or done something else outstanding ie organized a conference, bowling, most sponsorship money raised at bowling etc.
Certificate of Appreciation – for non ASZK members who have assisted ASZK .
Excellence in Journalism – for outstanding writing that is published in thylacinus. There can be more than one.
Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to ASZK and Zookeeping.
Congratulations to Carla Srb our 2011 winner
How to nominate
Please include name of award nominated for, name of person nominating, contact details as well as details on the achievement and why it is significant.
Please send all nominations to Liz Romer - at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact me for details if you need to post any hard copy.
See the annoucements page for previous winners
International Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ) Newsletter new version December 2013
Important industry events
International Tree Kangaroo Workshop - 6-10 October 2013 - Melbourne Zoo.
http://www.issinstitute.org.au/os/index.html - provides funding that may be suitable for keepers looking to work overseas.