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Professional Development


St. Louis AAZK offers professional development grants to our members twice a year. If you are on our mailing list, look for emails from Professional Development Committee Chair Kelsey Thompson.

To qualify you must be a national member. If you are a local member only, sign up for a national membership at and update Secretary Josh Thuman of your status change.

Applicants are judged on activity level in the chapter. If you need ideas on how to help the chapter, contact President Jeremy Martin.

Take a look at the example application and start thinking where you want to go. You can also look at our Professional Development Opportunities file for ideas.

Click here to see our running list of grant recipients


Professional Development Resources

AAZK C.O.R.E. - American Association of Zoo Keepers Center for Online Resource Engagement. From budgeting and time management to operant conditioning and enrichment skills.

Animal Keeper's Forum - Digital copies of Animal Keeper's Forum from 1975-2019. Available from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

WildCare Happy Hours - Learn more about the Saint Louis Zoo's WildCare Institutes

Center for Conservation in Madagascar

- Center for Asian Elephant Conservation

Center for Burying Beetle Conservation

- Center for Avian Conservation in the Pacific Islands

- Center for Chelonian Conservation

- Center for Conservation in Peru

- Ron and Karen Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation

Webinars from the Endangered Wolf Center - Learn more about the conservation efforts of the EWC

- Sculpting the Tale of American Red Wolf

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