The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a non profit (U.S. 501c3) membership association composed of animal care professionals and interested persons. It is dedicated to advancing excellence in the animal keeping profession, supporting conservation projects, and promoting the preservation of natural resources and wildlife. The Lion Country Safari Chapter hosts events throughout the year to raise funds for such efforts. Among its ongoing and annual projects are:
Book Sale and Guest Speaker: Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson, zookeeper, conservationist, wildlife biologist, and book author is creating the next generation of passionate people to make a difference for our planet and the animals we share it with. Visit Lion Country Safari on April 21st to see Dave speak about what we can do together to save our remaining ecosystems and all of the creatures they contain. We will also be having a used book sale on April 20-22 to support the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund which allows people like Dave to promote endangered animal and ecosystem initiatives around the world. These events are included in your regular admission fee, and they will be held at the Event Pavilion which is accessible from the Safari World parking lot. <<Please contact us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saving the Florida Panther
Join us at Crossfit Onus in Boca Raton on April 28th to celebrate the Florida Panther with a pumped up fitness competition, raffles, and cool t-shirts. The Florida Panther is an umbrella species meaning that helping them will positively impact other species that live in the panther’s habitat. They are critically endangered with only 130-180 individuals left in the wild. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned panthers so they can be released back into the wild. One of the leading causes of panther injuries is vehicle collision, and we would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness about this issue so we can better co-exist with them. <<Please contact us for more details at email@example.com.
Bowling for Rhinos
All rhinos are under threat and all but one species is on the verge of extinction. Without immediate action some rhinos could be extinct in the wild within the next decade. Show your support for rhino conservation by joining the Lion Country Safari AAZK Chapter at Revolutions of City Place on May 1, 2018 from 7pm-9pm for a night of family fun and with pizza, bowling, and raffle prizes. Purchase tickets in advance for $20 or at the door for $25. 100% of proceeds go toward rhino conservation through groups like the International Rhino Foundation. Even if you can’t attend the event wild rhinos would appreciate your help. A gift of just $10 can nourish a young orphaned rhino for a day, and a gift of $1000 provides a month of veterinary care for rhinos injured by poachers. <<Please contact us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell Phone Recycling – FREE Animal Feeding Coupon!
Do you have a used cell phone lying around? Do you know someone that just bought a new cell phone and doesn’t know what to do with the old one? Please bring in any used cell phones to recycle them and help raise money for conservation at the same time! Receive a Free Animal Feeding Coupon for every used cell phone or charger when you bring them directly to the admission booth upon entering the park. Animal Feeding Coupons can be used at any of the four animal contact areas inside Safari World! It’s easy! Recycling used cell phones reduces hazardous waste in our landfills and raises much needed funds for conservation. For more information about the program, please visit: www.eco-cell.org
Ink Cartridge Recycling
In partnership with Recycle4Fundraising, Lion Country Safari’s AAZK Chapter recycles ink cartridges and ink toners from printers on property. The recycling program saves needless waste from entering landfills by remanufacturing ink cartridges into fresh compatible ones. In addition, as more used ink cartridges are recycled and remanufactured less energy is spent creating new cartridges. For more information about the program, please visit: Recycle4Fundraising
Conservation efforts have supported various local, national, and international organizations including:
- Amphibian Ark
- Arbor Day Foundation
- Big Cat Rescue
- Center For Ecosystem Survival
- Grevy’s Zebra Trust
- International Rhino Foundation
- Loggerhead Marinelife Center
- National Wildlife Federation
- World Wildlife Fund