North Carolina AAZK Chapter


AAZK is a non-profit, volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested people who want to do more for the conservation of animals. One of the main goals of North Carolina Zoo's AAZK Chapter is to raise money for conservation programs that we are passionate about.
The following are organizations that NC AAZK has helped support over the years:

Bowling for Rhinos (BFR)

Bowling for Rhinos events across North America raise over $400,000 annually. Bowling for Rhinos supports the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa where our donations help protect both black and white rhinos and most of the other species native to East Africa. In Indonesia the remaining Javan Rhinos at Ujung Kulon National Park and the Sumatran Rhinos in Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas National Parks are supported by Bowling for Rhinos through the International Rhino Foundation. Bowling for Rhinos also supports Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. The NC AAZK Chapter hosts a BFR event yearly to help raise money.

Chopsticks for Salamanders

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders (FCSal) is a non-profit organization. One of FCSal's initiatives is Chopsticks for Salamanders (CFS) which aims to reduce the use of disposable chopsticks and raise funds for Appalachian Salamanders. The NC AAZK Chapter along with other chapters have committed to supporting this initiative through selling chopsticks and raising awareness about the deforestation for the production of disposable chopsticks.

The Kendall Project

The goal of The Kendall Project is to educate people about the plight of apes in the entertainment industry. The Kendall Project was inspired by a young chimp named Kendall, who came to live at the North Carolina Zoo in 2007. When Kendall arrived at the North Carolina Zoo, he was a timid adolescent male with almost no chimpanzee social skills. Over the years, he has grown into a robust young adult with a dynamic social group all of his own. Kendall's Story


Red Wolf Coalition

Founded in 1997, the Red Wolf Coalition (RWC) serves as the hub of private support for long-term red wolf restoration. Through a variety of programs the RWC provides the public with science-based information about the biology and ecology of this endangered predator. The Coalition also teaches people about the value of red wolves to the ecosystem and to the people living in the restoration area. The RWC works with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program to stay up-to-date on red wolf restoration and management issues and to partner in the effort to maintain healthy populations of wild red wolves.

The Pine Barrens Tree Frog
The Pine Barrens Tree Frog is the state frog of North Carolina, it is also a spectacular frog that is in decline throughout much of its historic range. The NC Zoo and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission joined forces in 2014 to embark on a study to learn more about the habits of this little known species. Through the use of radio telemetry they have tracked several individual frogs in the Sandhills Gamelands, gathering important data along the way. The goal is to identify key aspects of their habitat and the overall ecosystem that may be integral to the tree frog’s success, and then use this information to strategize management of the species within North Carolina. 
The NC AAZK Chapter donates money to this conservation/research project.
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
  Sylvan Heights Bird Park is designed to give visitors an unforgettable up-close experience with over 2,000 ducks, geese, swans, and other exotic birds from around the world. NC AAZK Chapter members volunteer for park clean-up days and other events.
African Predator Conservation Research Organization

The African Predator Conservation Research Organization consists of a diverse group of researchers, primarily from the fields of veterinary medicine and genetics focusing on African carnivores; lions, spotted hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, leopard and both black-backed and side-striped jackal. Due to the severe decrease in the numbers of these magnificent animals and their intertwined lives and habitats, APCRO is taking a pan-African, multi-species, holistic approach to their mutual conservation and research. The NC AAZK Chapter donates money to this group to aid in their efforts.
Turtle Survival Center

The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) was formed in 2001 as an IUCN partnership for sustainable captive management of freshwater turtles and tortoises. NC AAZK Chapter members have helped with a variety of construction projects, including a chain link fence around a new animal enclosure for increased security. They also pitched in with tasks such as cleaning out turtle tubs and mulching tortoise pens.

The North Carolina Zoo's UNITE conservation education and teacher training program in Uganda has been operating in the villages around Kibale National Park for ten years. UNITE helps conserve wild areas in and around the national park by promoting environmentally-sound attitudes, knowledge and skills in the people living nearby. The NC AAZK Chapter donates money to this group to aid in their efforts.