Nominations are Now Open!

 

The ASZK Annual Awards are open to all members of ASZK.

These awards honour the period from 1st January – 31st December, 2018.

Submissions are judged by an independent panel of zoo professionals.

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

 

Nominations Close 30th March, 2019

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 at a level that goes well above and beyond expectation in every aspect of their role as a modern day zookeeper.

The nomination must contain the following details;

  • Name of person submitting the nomination
  • Name of nominee
  • Position of nominee
  • Name of institution
  • List and document the details of the achievements and/or contribution the individual or team has made.
  • Must be nominated by section supervisor or above
  • Must be signed off by a senior manager of the organization in which the keeper is employed
  • Must be a written nomination with a minimum of 250 words outlining why the individual stands out from all others

This award acknowledges outstanding achievement in the profession of zoo keeping encompassing the many varied duties expected from modern day keepers. Duties 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.

 

2017 Zookeeper of the Year

Jarrod Prangle – Symbio Wildlife Park

Heidi Hellingman Award for Outstanding Service to Industry

 

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 and institutions who have contributed to the industry over a long period of time.

Examples of achievements include, but are not limited to; developing husbandry techniques, training, breeding programs, educational programs and facility development.

 

The nomination must contain the following details;

  • Name of person submitting the nomination
  • Name of nominee
  • Position of nominee
  • Name of institution
  • List and document the details of the achievements and/or contribution the individual or team has made

 

2017 Heidi Hellingman Award for Outstanding Service to Industry

Lisa Tuthill – Moonlit Sanctuary

 

Conservation Award   

                                               

This award is open to individual members of ASZK, teams 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 habitats. It is hoped that through recognition of outstanding effort of keepers and their contribution to conservation, this will provide incentive for keepers to continue to be leaders in this vital endeavor.

 

The nomination must contain the following details;

  • Name of person submitting the nomination
  • Name of person, team or instituion nominated
  • Position of nominee (if an individual is nominated)
  • List and document the details of the contribution this individual, team or organisation has made to conservation.

 

Bruce Kubbere Best Paper Award

 

This award is named in honour of life member , and founder of Featherdale Wildlife Park, Bruce Kubbere. Bruce has always been a devoted advocate of keeper presentations throughout ASZK’s history.

The Best Paper is awarded annually at the conclusion of the ASZK conference.

 

2018 ASZK Annual Conference Best Paper

Zac Bower – Australian Reptile Park: Venom Program