The AAZK San Diego chapter is a non-profit 501C3 organization (EIN 93-1038602) that has been involved in offering our animal care professional members the opportunity to advance their skills. Providing workshops, presentations and guest speakers are an important part of our mission to educate and ensure that our members receive the most up to date information and the latest technology in our field. We also strive to support deserving conservation projects and educating the general public as to the importance of habitats and our natural resources.

Your generous donation will assist with our mission of providing assistance and awareness to conservation with 100% of your donation going to the project of your choice. Thank you!

If you would like to send a donation to the AAZK San Diego Chapter:

AAZK San Diego
P.O. Box 632984
San Diego, CA 92163

Make checks payable to American Association of Zoo Keepers San Diego Chapter.
In the memo section, please put: AAZK San Diego donation/ your project preference.


You can also select one of our events or causes to donate to.

We thank you for your support and encourage you to become involved. Visit our page of events to see the listing of activities and join us!

Here are your donation choices:

1. Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is a national annual bowl-a-thon fundraising event geared to assisting rhino conservation in Kenya and Indonesia. 100% of all funds go directly to in situ conservation projects, conserving 4 species of rhinos, their habitats, and hundreds of other endangered plants and animals AND cheetah conservation in Kenya.

Why support Bowling for Rhinos? Rhinos have lived on earth for over 50 million years but whether they survive even 50 more years is open to speculation. Only 5 species of rhino exist today when once there were over 100 species. All 5 species (white, black, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan) are endangered. In 1960, 60,000 black rhinos roamed Africa. Today only 2,500 remain in isolated populations. On the Asian continent, the greater one-horned population remains at 2,000. The Sumatran species numbers 200 and the Javan species has fewer than 60 animals.

2. Shirley Busch Professional Development Grant: this grant is available to AAZK San Diego members that are interested in attending conferences, educational programs, and/or participating in conservation projects.

Why support the Shirley Busch Professional Development Grant? This grant gives applicants the ability to apply for up to $1,000 in reimbursements to participate in programs that will increase a keeper’s knowledge in this ever changing profession, a profession that is dedicated to conservation and the improvements of husbandry management.

3. Cocktails for Conservation: are events that brings awareness to a different conservation project selected by our members and raises awareness and funding for that project.

Why support Cocktails for Conservation? This is an exciting opportunity for our members to choose a conservation project that is near and dear to their heart. It gives everyone a chance to share information and to get others involved in a project that they may not have been aware of.

4. AAZK San Diego General Fund: AAZK San Diego is involved in local, national, and international projects. Donations to our general fund assist us in abling to provide guest speakers, presentations, educational workshops, and more to our members and the general public.

Why support the AAZK San Diego General Fund? Our organization is lead by volunteers who donate their time and efforts to providing education and conservation opportunities. Donations to the general fund assists in supporting their efforts to bring awareness to deserving conservation projects.

No matter which project you choose, AAZK San Diego thanks you for your support.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your donation.