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International Zoo Keeper Day 4 October


The International Congress of Zookeepers has declared October 4 “International Zookeeper Day”, or IZD.


This declaration comes at a time when many animal species are in great peril across the globe.


This special day is observed annually on October 4, in recognition of the valuable contribution zookeepers make to the care and conservation of exotic animals. This celebration includes all who make it their life’s work to care for wild animals, whether they are involved with zoos, sanctuaries, aquariums, rescue centers, parks or reserves.


Each October 4, we encourage all zoo and wildlife park managers to undertake programs, activities, and ceremonies which encourage education and public awareness of the important role of keepers in wildlife conservation. We encourage managers to show their appreciation for their staff by organizing a special event such as lecture, lunch or other fun activity. Perhaps even make it a fund raising activity for a conservation project of your staff’s choice?


Why October 4?


This date is celebrated worldwide as the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment, and, since 1979, the Patron Saint of Ecology.  He preached that it is the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature. Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis say that he had a great love for animals and the environment.



Postponed – Invertebrate Husbandry And Display Workshop Now 17 – 19 November 2017 – Kuranda FNQ


To allow people to budget to attend this wonderful learning experience we have decided to postpone this workshop for 12 months. This will allow people to put it in the next years budgets.


We hope we have not inconvenienced anyone but feel we have better options for more attendees by postponing it.


Costs will remain the same: Registrations will open mid next year.

Costs are $280 for members registered before 15 October or $300 after.

And Non members $355 before 15 October or $375 after.


Please register via the events page. Members must first login then go to the events page to get the discounted member rate.


It is recommended not to book non-refundable flights until the minimum numbers are confirmed. In the event it is cancelled all registration fees would be fully refunded

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