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Team Information

Suzanne Akerman

AAZK Chapter President

Suzanne Akerman

AAZK Chapter President

President: 2019 – Present

Vice President: 2015-2018

Professional Development Co-Chair

Drinking for Conservation Chair


In 2014, Suzanne became a Staff Biologist (permanent zoo keeper) at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater (WWOT).  She started in 2006 as a Zoological Aide when the theater was first built and has worked with a wide array of species from millipedes and owls to aardvarks and sloths.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Suzanne aspires to contribute to PDZA’s message of education and conservation through her work at the WWOT and her volunteer work with PDZA’s AAZK Chapter.  She was the chapter’s first seasonal/temporary staff to hold an officer position, and serves as Point Defiance AAZK Chapter’s President at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

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