2018 AAZK National Conference

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October 4th - October 8th, 2018

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Rocky Mountain AAZK is proud to host the 2018 National AAZK Conference in Denver, Colorado!

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin!
Bring your books for a book signing following her speech. View her books here.

Dr. Grandin is a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.  Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare.  She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special – "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow". She has also appeared on National TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, Sixty Minutes, Fox and Friends, and she has a 2010 TED talk.  Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. To learn more, visit www.templegrandin.com.

Thank you to all our sponsors for their generous contributions to our conference.

American Association of Zoo Keepers

The American Association of Zoo Keepers is a membership association for animal care professionals to exchange information and network with one another. The mission of The American Association of Zoo Keepers is to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life. To learn more, please visit www.aazk.org.

Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo is the home base for the Rocky Mountain AAZK Chapter.  Our membership is comprised of zoo keepers, volunteers, and Denver Zoo staff. The Denver Zoological Foundation (DZF) and RMAAZK have developed a strong working relationship, and continuously work to support one another’s success in animal care and conservation. We are very proud of our partnership with DZF. To learn more about the zoo, please visit http://www.denverzoo.org/.

K-M Concessions

In 1972, K-M Concessions (K-M) secured the visitor service contract at the Denver Zoo and continues to provide these services today. These include: retail gift shops, cafeteria concessions, full service catering, ride operations, and janitorial services. K-M Concessions has been a generous donor to RMAAZK fundraisers and events since our first ever Comedy Night for Conservation in 2000. We are so grateful for our friends at K-M. To learn more about K-M concessions, please visit http://www.kmssa.com/.

Downtown Aquarium

This entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all! To learn more visit: www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver

Peppermint Narwhal

We are excited to work with Peppermint Narwhal to design our 2018 Conference Logo.  Peppermint Narwhal creates designs for theme parks, zoos, aquariums and animal related organizations for conservation and education.  With their love for animals and nature we knew that they would be a great company to work with that would use their creativity that could capture the theme of our conference www.peppermintnarwhal.com