Nominations Close 30th March Annually

ASZK awards are open to all members of ASZK.

Submissions are judged by an independent panel of zoo professionals.

The Awards are announced each year at the Annual Conference Gala Dinner.

 

Zookeeper of the Year

This award is open for an individual ASZK member whom is currently employed as a zoo keeper. This individual will have displayed outstanding aptitude and dedication to a level that goes well above and beyond expectation in every aspect of their role as a modern day zookeeper.

  • Must be nominated by section supervisor or above
  • Must be signed off by a senior manager of the organization for which the keeper works
  • Must be a written nomination with a minimum of 250 words outlining why the individual stands out from all others.
  • For outstanding achievement in the profession of zoo keeping encompassing the many varied duties expected from modern day keepers. Areas could include, but are not limited to – animal husbandry, training and enrichment, exhibit maintenance, design and construction, animal records, animal presentations, customer service, media, responsibilities, innovation, teamwork and leadership.

 

Innovation Award

This award is open to both individual members of ASZK, or a team of keepers of which at least one person is an ASZK member or the institution is a corporate member.

This award recognizes the requirement of keepers to be constantly seeking improvement in the care of their animals and the way they do their jobs often through innovative ideas.

Innovation may be any area of zookeeping including but not limited to:

  • Enrichment
  • Training
  • Husbandry
  • Nutrition
  • Exhibit design/renovation
  • Research
  • List name of nominee, position, institution’s name, address, phone, and the recommendation of a supervisor, peer or colleague with their contact details.
  • List and document the details of the innovation and the impact it has made on the care of the animals or duties of the keepers.

 

Service to Industry – Heidi Hellingman Award

This award is open to individual members of ASZK or institutions for outstanding achievement in the Zoo industry. This can either be within the past year or for individuals who have contributed to the industry over a long period of time.

Examples of achievements include developing husbandry techniques, training, breeding programs, educational programs and facility development.

  • List name of nominee, position, institution’s name, address, phone, and the recommendation of a supervisor, peer or colleague.
  • List and document the details of the contribution this person or team has made.

 

Outstanding student/trainee Zookeeper of the year

This award is open to individual ASZK members who are currently students or trainee keepers. This individual will have displayed outstanding aptitude and dedication to learning and implementing the skills required to be a professional zoo keeper.

  • Must be nominated by section supervisor or above
  • Must be signed off by a senior manager of organization for which the trainee works or volunteers
  • Must be a written nomination with a minimum of 250 amount of words outlining why the individual stands out from all others.

 

Conservation Award

This award is open to individual members of ASZK or institutions for outstanding achievement in the area of conservation.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding keeper-initiated contributions to conservation of wildlife and their habitats. It is hoped that recognition of outstanding efforts by keepers to contribute to conservation will provide incentive to keepers to continue to be leaders in this important endeavor

  • List name, position, institution’s name, address, phone, and the recommendation of a supervisor, peer or colleague.
  • List and document the details of the contribution this person or team has made to conservation.

 

Selection Procedure

The Awards Committee, will independently review each nominee.

 

How to apply

To submit a nomination please supply all requested information as well as any other documents that may support the nomination to eo@aszk.org.au by 30 March 2017.

If you are nominating another person please supply your contact details including phone and email as well as the nominee’s.

ASZK Award Winners for the Period 1 January – 31 December 2016

ASZK Innovation Award 2016

Melbourne Zoo Reptile Department

Reptile Hydro Gym

 

ASZK Zookeeper of the Year 2016

Caroline Monro, Wildlife Sydney Zoo

 

ASZK Trainee Zookeeper of the Year 2016

Maddi Chambers, Melbourne Zoo

 

ASZK Heidi Hellingman Award of the Year 2016

Michael McFadden, Taronga Zoo

For Outstanding Service to Industry

Conservation Work with Amphibians

 

ASZK Conservation Award 2016

Taronga Zoo Herpetofauna Department and Registry of Wildlife Health

Bellinger River Turtle Conservation Program

 

Life time Achievement Award 2016

Significant Contribution to ASZK

Jocelyn Hockley

 

Best Paper ASZK Annual Conference 2017

Michael McFadden, Taronga Zoo

Creating Taronga’s Herpetological ARK

A Decade of Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Recovery and Research Programs

 

Best Poster ASZK Annual Conference 2017

Michael McFadden and Lauren Hush, Taronga Zoo

Booroolong Frog Conservation Breeding Program – a collaborative approach to ex-situ conservation

ASZK Award Winners For The Period 1 January – 31 December 2015

ASZK Innovation Award 2015

Wild Sea team Melbourne Zoo

Innovative Behaviour Training.

 

ASZK Zookeeper of the Year 2015

Billy Collett, Australian Reptile Park

Highly commended

Caroline Monro, Wildlife Sydney Zoo

 

ASZK Conservation Award 2015

James R. Biggs, Cairns Tropical Zoo

Highly commended

Mark Keenan. AGL Marine Response Unit Co-ordinator.

Melbourne Zoo

 

Life time Achievement – recognition for substantial contribution in the last 40 years.

Significant Contribution to ASZK

Les Peach

Significant Contribution to ASZK

Kevin Johnson

Significant Contribution to ASZK

Jon Birkett

 

Certificates of Appreciation

For contribution to ASZK:

Noel Harcourt

Ditar Uka

Peter Courtney

Andrew Isles Book Shop

Karen James

Stephen Fowler

Jocelyn Hockley

Marcia Salverson

ASZK Award Winners For The Period 1 January – 31 December 2014

Heidi Hellingman Award

For Outstanding Achievement in the Zoological Industry

Hepetofauna Team – Melbourne Zoo

Baw Baw Frog Recovery Program

High Recognition

Symbio Wildlife Park – Reptile Experience

Australian Reptile Park – Funnel Web Program

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

For Outstanding and Sustained Service to the Society

Ron Pope – Kyabram Fauna Park

 

Excellence in Journalism

Gemma Chaudhuri – Taronga Conservation Society

For providing readers of the Thylacinus with two reviews of North American Zoological Conferences

Kym Birgan – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

For providing readers of the Thylacinus with a current and detailed insight into the

Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby Project

 

Enrichment Award

For Outstanding Achievement in Developing and Implementing Enrichment Plans

Herpetofauna Team – Melbourne Zoo

 

Certificate of Appreciation

Rainforest Rescue

For efforts in raising awareness around the plight of Cassowaries

 

Certificate of Recognition

For organisation of 2014 ‘Bowling for Kagu’

Kylie Elliott – Symbio Wildlife Park

Alana Legge – Dreamworld

Amy Hamilton – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Tahnee Barnes – Featherdale Wildlife Park

ASZK Dubbo Branch – Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Alison Smith – Taronga Conservation Society

Cate Fredrickson – Taronga Conservation Society

Jordan Michelmore – Taronga Conservation Society

Renae Moss – Taronga Conservation Society

Erin Costello – WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Kylie Hackshall – WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Nicole Weller – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sam Hillman – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

 

Certificate of Recognition

For Contribution Made in Organising 2014 ASZK Conference @ Healesville Sanctuary

Sue Jaensch

Carla Srb

JulieKoch

Bronwyn McCulloch

James Goodridge

Kathy Starr

Melissa Baxter

Mick Post

Murray Ellis

Richard Hudson

Rupert Baker

Tamika Ivor