2021 ASZK Photography Competition – Submissions closed!

2021 ASZK Wildlife Photography Competition

Fancy yourself as a bit of an aspiring wildlife photographer?

How would you like to see your very own shots on the front cover of the Thylacinus for all ASZK members to see?

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:
1) Enrichment and Training – Show us your inspiring shots, great interactions, or utter enrichment bliss.
2) Funny Animal Moments – Show us your hilarious shots or candid moments. (You can add a small caption if you would like, 10 words max submitted with the image).
3) Animals in the Wild – Hit us with your best shot!
4) Artistic Animal shot – Let’s get creative!


Judging and Prizes

The ASZK committee will pick the two best photos in each category.

Then ASZK members can select their favourites! The best of each category will be displayed on the front cover of Thylacinus– the quarterly journal of the ASZK covering interesting updates in zookeeping from across the region.

Then, the People’s Choice (best of all categories) will earn its photographer 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. Please stay tuned for more information about voting for your favourite photos!­­

Enrichment Survey – Big Cats

Charles Darwin University are conducting research in to environmental enrichment practices in zoos and other captive facilities. The research will span across multiple taxa, but is currently focusing on big cats. CDU has asked for our members to participate in a short survey. The below is from researcher Kat Tuite:

The purpose of the research project “Fostering enrichment in zoos” is to gain insights into the current enrichment practices that encourage positive animal welfare. This research aims to identify factors that both facilitate and limit enrichment progress in captive animal facilities. The outcomes from this project will be used to support people working with big cats in zoos, sanctuaries, rescue facilities and research centres. A summary of the results will be distributed widely to ensure that the keepers and managers invested in the wellbeing of their animals can continue building on existing practices, while also gaining access to the latest advancements in the field to raise the standard for big cat enrichment.

People working with big cats🐅 are invited to share insights from personal experiences in the BIG CAT ENRICHMENT survey. The survey is open to all keepers, head keepers, volunteers, and management staff: https://bit.ly/2XlRZbU

Please circulate amongst your networks, every voice counts in making a better future for the welfare of our animals!


Don’t work with big cats? Keep an eye out for another survey coming soon into enrichment practices for all species of animals!

ASZK 2020 Conference – POSTPONED

ASZK Annual Conference 22-24 May 2020 Rockhampton

“Keeper Konnect 4” – connecting to our animals, wildlife, public and connecting public with wildlife.

Unfortunately the 2020 ASZK Annual Conference will be postponed until later in the year pending public health advice around Covid-19. We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding. We will be in touch with all registrants shortly to process full refunds, and we thank you for your patience while we work through this difficult situation

ASZK would like to invite you to attend the 2020 ASZK Annual Conference and AGM in Rockhampton, Queensland, 22-24 May.

Rockhampton is a unique destination which offers a number of wonderful opportunities to explore a new town and surrounds. Home to the Council-run Rockhampton Zoo housed within the Botanic Gardens, Conference delegates will get an opportunity to visit this unique zoo.

These ASZK Conferences offer zoo professionals a range of skill-development opportunities and is an especially supportive forum for people presenting at their first conference.

This year, Workshop topics will include animal training and also disaster management.

For information on the Conference please click here for our information package.

The Call for Papers is also open. Click here to submit an abstract for a paper or poster presentation, or a workshop concept – submissions close 15 March 2020.

If you or your organisation are interested in partnering with us in presenting this conference, click here for information on packages.

For more information please contact eo@aszk.org.au