Welcome to 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.
Upcoming ASZK events
ASZK Annual Conference 12 - 15 March 2015 - Launceston, Tasmania
"Past, Present and Future"
The Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping’s annual conference is one of the pinnacle events on the zoological industry’s calendar. This year we are proud to be taking the conference to the beautiful city of Launceston, Tasmania, for the very first time.
The ASZK’s annual conference is a wonderful opportunity to absorb, share and learn from industry peers. There is no better forum to present the fantastic, innovative and interesting work that we all know is continuously evolving within our industry.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Mike Drinkwater, ASZK President
Registrations are now open - note Early bird closes 15 February 2015 - click here for information
Call for papers - close 30 January 2015 - click here for information
Post Conference Tour 15 - 17 March Cradle Mountain -
click here for information
ASZK Wildlife Photography Competition
How would you like to see your very own shots on the front cover of the Thylacinus for all ASZK members to see?
This year, the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping is proud to announce that we are holding our very first Wildlife Photography Competition! It’s simple, the competition is open to anyone, so feel free to share with your friends. Here is all you need to know to get started…
Categories are ‘FUNNY’, ‘ANIMALS IN THE WILD’ and ‘ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY.’
You can submit as many entries as you like.
All photos must be submitted no later than the 20th of February, 2015.
Send all entries to email@example.com ensuring the following is included.
All photos must be in JPEG format and must be accompanied with a signed Photo Release Form Click here for the Release Forms
Judging and Prizes
The ASZK committee will pick the two best photos in each category to show off at the annual conference, which will be held in Launceston, Tasmania in March 2015.
Here, all delegates will get to vote on their favourite photograph. The best of each category will proudly be displayed on the front cover of an upcoming issue of Thylacinus. On top of this, the Peoples’ Choice will earn its photographer an honorary ASZK membership for a year! Prints of the finalists may be auctioned off at the conference to assist with the society’s ongoing objective of supporting the professional development of keepers in our region.
So get snapping, and let your photography earn you membership! Be sure to check Facebook to see some of the entries. And make sure you get down to Launceston in March to take part in the judging!
ASZK Bowling for ??? in 2016 and 2017
The ASZK committee is requesting nominations for the next two species to be the recipients for the “Bowling for” fundraiser for 2016 and 2017. The fundraiser jointly raises funds for ASZK to help support our work including the keeper development scholarship, website and involvement in the ICZ. Funds raised are split evenly between ASZK and the nominated species.
Previous species have included Greater Bilby, Asian Rhinos , Corroboree frogs, Cassowary, Philippine Crocodile, Kea, Tenkile, Numbats, Painted Dogs and most recently Kagu. Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is the 2015 recipient.
The main criteria is that the money will go to a project that is part of a recognized recovery or conservation project. Details must be submitted regarding exactly what the money will be used for and how it will increase the conservation of this species. The amounts raised for the conservation projects in the past have been between $3,000 and $10,000.
A report on how the money was spent for publication in thylacinus is also required following the donation.
To submit an application please email Liz Romer at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 March 2015 citing “Bowling for application” in the subject line.
New Member Benefits
20% Discount - New Zookeeping Book
I’m pleased to let you know, on behalf of editorial director Christie Henry, that Zookeeping: An Introduction to the Science and Technology has published.
We’re happy to offer your ICZ members a 20% discount on the book, available for sale on our website. The following link adds one copy to the shopping cart at the discounted price; the discount code is WAZA20 (they can use this code we developed for WAZA).
Dr Vicky Melfi is Behavioural Biologist at Taronga Zoo Dr Sheila Pankhurst is Head of the Department of Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Vicky Melfi is Behavioural Biologist at Taronga Zoo
Dr Sheila Pankhurst is Head of the Department of Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University
Aussie Dog Enrichment Devices - 25% off
see back page of thylacinus Vol 37 No 3
Important industry events
International Rhino Keepers Association Meeting - Chester Zoo 15-18 June 2015
International Congress on Zookeeping 9 - 13 September 2015 - Leipzig Germany. Visit iczoo.org for information.
ASZK Annual Awards
To nominate or for more information - please go to the 'Announcements' Page
If you have any queries regarding ASZK please email email@example.com