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Nominate colleagues for AAZK Awards

 

April 23, 2014

 
Dear AAZK Member,

Do you know someone?  Of course you do!  But will you take the time?
 
We all work very hard to make the best situation for our animals at our places of employment.  Even though the animals are not "ours" we treat them as if they were.  Well, many of us do this and more.  There are many more of these kind of keepers that go that extra mile, than those that put in their 8 hours and go home.  Take a minute, take two, and think about your co-workers or your network and reward those that are doing good in our profession.  Take the time because the best award is the award that comes from your peers.  Remember, do you make an impact in your profession?  Of course you do, so Email me at Kelly.wilson@aazk.org or Jan McCoy at jmccoy@aazk.org
 
Nominations Deadline for nominations is 1 May.
 
Lifetime Achievement Award (LA)
This award is to be given at the end (retirement) of a keeper’s career.  The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding commitment to professionalism as a zoo keeper over a long period of time, and significant contributions to the community.
 
The Lutz Rhue Meritorious Achievement - AAZK Professional of the Year Award Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize professional members of AAZK, in good standing in the association, for their day-to day professionalism within their facility.  This includes participation in AAZK/AZA conservation projects, dedicating time to other facility-related projects or programs (BFR, conservation, wildlife education and individual breeding projects).  Commitment and dedication to AAZK at a Committee or Chapter level enhances the nomination.
 
Jean M. Hromadka AAZK Excellence in Animal Care Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize achievement and determination of an individual or team in the animal care field and in fostering professionalism.  Animal care is a science combining zoology, biology, animal management, behavioral observation and daily record keeping on the species in their care.  This is essential knowledge for maintaining a species effectively in captivity.  The excellent animal care professional must excel in one or more of these areas. 
 
Lee Houts Excellence in Enrichment Award (LHEE)
The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding keeper-initiated contributions to the art and science of environmental enrichment.  It is hoped that recognition of outstanding efforts by keepers to improve animal care and welfare through environmental enrichment will provide incentive to keepers to continue to be leaders in this important endeavor.
 
Certificate of Excellence in Exhibit Design Renovation (CEER)
The purpose of the award is to recognize institutions or organizations in the zoological community fort he design and renovation of existing animal facilities which involved active keeper participation in the process. 
 
Certificate of Merit in Conservation Award (CMC)
The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding keeper-initiated contributions to conservation of wildlife and their habitats.  It is hoped that recognition of outstanding efforts by keepers to contribute to conservation will provide incentive to keepers to continue to be leaders in this important endeavor.
 
Mazuri Animal Nutrition Award (MANA)
The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals in the zoological community who have been actively involved  in projects/studies/research concerning zoo/aquarium nutrition.  The award will carry a cash award of $500 funded by the Mazuri® Foods Division.  
 
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