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Zoo Keeper Olympics 2012

In recognition of the dedication of zoo keepers and aquarists, Sequoia Park Zoo, the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and its local Redwood Coast chapter, and zoos and aquariums across the nation celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week from July 17 – 23, 2016.

Come celebrate Zoo Keeper Week at the Sequoia Park Zoo! Members of the Redwood Coast AAZK chapter are organizing engaging events at the zoo all week. These events highlight the important roles that zoo keepers fill as animal care professionals, educators, and conservationists.

On Sunday July 17 from 12-2pm, learn about the role of zoo keepers in conservation. A free conservation activity table allows visitors of all ages to decorate light switch covers. These free light switch covers provided by PG&E can be installed at home to remind households that one easy way to conserve energy is to power down.

On Wednesday July 20 from 11am-1pm, join zoo keepers as they explain the basics of animal enrichment and positive reinforcement-based animal training in the profession. All of this information can (and should!) be applied with family pets.

In a grand finale, come watch our zoo keepers in a hilarious, parody Zoo Keeper Olympics on Saturday July 23rd at 2pm! It will be an entertaining event where zoo keepers compete against each other in zoo keeper highjinks for the zoo keeper trophy.

At every event, visitors can purchase raffle tickets to win a selfie safari around the Sequoia Park Zoo – a behind-the-scenes visit in three animal exhibits where you and a friend can take selfies as you go. Raffle tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10! Half of the proceeds are donated to tiger conservation, and half are donated to the Redwood Coast AAZK Professional Development Fund that provides financial assistance to keepers for attending important conferences and workshops within their fields of specialty.

Also at each event, visitors can make a conservation impact by recycling old jeans! Bring a pair of jeans and donate them at an event table. The jeans will be donated to Jeans for Giraffes where they are recycled to raise money to protect giraffe populations in Africa. The Sequoia Park Zoo also accepts donations of cell phones; the metals inside of the cell phones are then recycled to prevent habitat loss (caused by precious metal mining) in gorilla habitats.

Created by AAZK, Inc, National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year beginning on the third Sunday in July. During the week, zoos nationwide honor animal care professionals and the work they do in animal care, conservation, and education. There are approximately 6,000 animal care professionals in the United States.

The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a non-profit volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. The mission of AAZK is to advance excellence in the zoo keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life. For more information, visit

The Redwood Coast Chapter of the AAZK was formed in January 2012 by employees and volunteers of Sequoia Park Zoo. The Redwood Coast Chapter's mission is to support conservation, encourage environmental stewardship, and enhance animal care through enrichment and professional development. Any interested community members are encouraged to join! Download an application or just attend any of our events or meetings at