The Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is hosting more than 200 zoo keepers from around the world at the 39th annual National AAZK Conference September 23-27, 2012.
“The national conference offers zoo keepers opportunities for learning, professional development, networking and fun,” said Seth Groesbeck, chapter president. “Friends of the Zoo has generously supported the conference, helping us to showcase our city and our zoo.”
On September 25, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host “zoo day” to provide an opportunity for conference attendees to tour the Burnet Park facility and interact with their Syracuse-based counterparts.
Throughout the week, zoo keepers will hear presentations from internationally renowned animal care experts and zoo professionals, including Deborah Olsen, executive director of the International Elephant Foundation; Dennis Schmitt, DVM, PhD, Diplomat ACT, chair of veterinary care and director of research and conservation for Ringling Bros. and Emily McCormack, curator at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
“Continuing education is an important part of a zoo keeper’s career,” said Ted Fox, zoo director. “Our AAZK chapter has worked very hard to put together a top-notch program for everyone who attends.”