Since 1976, the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping (ASZK) has worked tirelessly to promote the exchange of information on all aspects of animal husbandry and has facilitated a multitude of professional development opportunities for zoo personnel across the Australasian region.
The ASZK’s main goal can be understood through its logo of a Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine). Despite its enduring legacy in Australia, the animal was driven to extinction, with the last known specimen dying at a Hobart zoo in 1936. However, if the Thylacine had been managed by professional zoo keepers, it may not have become designated to the long list of extinct Australian species.
We believe the lessons learned from the Thylacine should be applied to better the professionalism of Australian zoo keeping and ensure that we as an industry we are doing all we can to preserve our rich natural heritage.
We use a number of tools to spread our messages and share our industry personnel’s unbridled passion and knowledge, including:
- A journal called ‘Thylacinus’ which provides a vehicle for keepers to disseminate the latest captive husbandry techniques and advances
- An electronic newsletter called Cybercinus which is emailed to registered members
- An annual conference which is rotated around the country, focusing on submitted papers and workshops aimed at advancing keeper skills
- Training workshops on specialist topics to assist in keeper development and events to fundraise for various selected conservation activities
To ensure you are doing all you can to be the best possible zoo keeper you can be, become a member of ASZK today.