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Point Defiance AAZK

The Point Defiance Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers is composed of employees, interns, volunteers, and supporters of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, an AZA-accredited facility located in the heart of Point Defiance Park in the vibrant city of Tacoma, Washington. Help us support our members and conservation efforts by donating today! We support conservation through events like Bowling for Rhinos, Party for Polar Bears, and Drinking for Conservation and provide our members with professional development workshops, resources, and networking opportunities.

National AAZK Mission and Vision Statement


The mission of The American Association of Zoo Keepers is to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.


AAZK will be the leader in the zoo and aquarium industry fostering professional development and personal connections that advance animal care, animal welfare and conservation.

For more information check out the National AAZK webpage!