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Bay Area AAZK is a local chapter of the national non-profit organization: American Association of Zoo Keepers. Formed in 2007, we are made up of animal care professionals in the Bay Area, including Oakland Zoo, CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, Lindsay Wildlife Experience, the California Academy of Sciences, and as other individuals dedicated to animal care and conservation.

Our mission is to promote unity and collaboration among animal care professionals in the Bay Area, to advance the professional development of our members, to enhance the care of captive animals, and to support wildlife conservation efforts around the globe.


2017 Officers

President – Jessica Real, Oakland Zoo

2017 President - Jessica Real

The president’s duties include: facilitating meetings; helping to organize fundraisers; communicating with the national chapter; and, along with the other officers, determining the future and direction of the chapter.








Vice President and Secretary – Virginia Valentine, Oakland Zoo

2017 Vice President and Secretary Virginia ValentineThe vice-president’s duties include: assisting the president with his/her duties and performing those duties in absence of president; and maintaining the chapter website.

The secretary’s duties include: taking notes at each meeting and sending those notes out to chapter members; keeping a list of current chapter members; and maintaining the chapter email list.




Treasurer – Heather Paddock, San Francisco Zoo and Oakland Zoo

Treasurer - Heather PaddockThe treasurer’s duties include: collecting chapter dues depositing them into the chapter bank account; keeping track of all chapter financial transactions; filling out the recharter package and sending it in to the national chapter.








Communication Liaison – Lauren Amy, Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Communication Liaison - Lauren AmyThe liaison’s duties include: communication with facilities within the chapter as needed; communicating chapter info to the national chapter; call to members for assistance with events.








Social Media Coordinator – Julianna Brown, San Francisco Zoo and Oakland Zoo

Julianna BrownThe social media coordinator’s duties include: informing members of meetings, events, and fundraisers; overseeing all BAAAZK social media, which include: Facebook, Flickr, and the website.

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