Become a member

Are you interested in joining the

American Association of Zoo Keepers?

Take a look below for your benefits and annual dues!

The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a national organization that oversees 90 local AAZK chapters. Joining AAZK is as easy as going to and picking your level of membership.


  • Receive AAZK’s monthly Animal Keepers Forum, a published journal exclusively for captive animal management, husbandry, enrichment, training, news, and updates.
  • Receive access to’s member’s only section, which includes a variety of resources for animal care providers including a discussion board.
  • Apply to AAZK grants for conservation, travel, and more.
  • Receive discounted admission to other zoos with your AAZK card, discounted prices on National conference registration, and more.

Professional Member (full time keepers): $45

Affiliate Member (volunteers, other staff, interested members): $40

Student (with a copy of ID): $30

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Interested in becoming a member of the National Capital AAZK Chapter?

The National Capital AAZK Chapter (NCAAZK) is the local AAZK chapter for the Washington, DC area that incorporates Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Smithsonian Conversation Biology Institute, Reston Zoo, and other facilities in Virginia and Maryland.


  • Inclusion on our email list with invitations to social events, opportunities for education and outreach, and more.
  • Priority registration for our Professional Development courses. Past courses have included Behavioral Research Methods, Grant Writing, and Photography 101; Population Management is up next!
  • Apply for travel grants awarded by our chapter.
  • Nominate and vote for officers and choose which conservation organizations our chapter supports.
  • Attend the national AAZK conference; we support the travel of 1-2 members each year!
  • Meet other animal care professionals and enthusiasts within the Washington, DC area.

Click on the links below to select your membership & pay for it online!

National member (you have also joined AAZK national above): $10
NCAAZK Member Only: $20

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