The International Congress on Zookeeping (ICZ) is building a network among zookeepers and other professionals in the field of wildlife care and conservation.

International Congress of Zookeepers

The vision of ICZ:
A global network of zookeepers with the highest standards of professional animal care contributing to a diverse and sustainable natural world where neither wild animals nor their habitats are in danger.


The mission of ICZ:
The ICZ will build a worldwide network among zookeepers and other professionals in the field of wildlife care and conservation. This exchange of experience and knowledge will improve the professionalism of zookeepers for the benefit of the animals under their care and promote awareness and actions that will contribute to the preservation of wildlife everywhere.


See the latest ICZ newsletter for further news from keeper associations around the globe.

Members of ABWAK will automatically become reciprocal members of ICZ and enjoy reciprocal rights as below:

  • ICZ members can attend conferences, workshops, and professional development courses of any of the other Keeper Associations of the ICZ at their member’s rates.
  • ICZ members only pay the members rate for products and publications from the other Keeper Associations.
  • A reduction of membership cost to the Snow Leopard Trust.

If you are a member of one of the professional zookeeper associations around the world, you are automatically a member of the ICZ network. Participating Associations are:

American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)
Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK)
Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping (ASZK)
Asociación Ibérica de Cuidadores de Animales Salvajes (AICAS)
Association Francophone des Soigneurs Animaliers (AFSA)
Berufsverband der Zootierpfleger (BdZ)
Foundation Harpij (De Harpij)
Zookeepers Association of the Phillippines (ZAP)
Animal Keepers Association of Africa (AKAA)


International Centre for Birds of Prey

June 30 2018

6th & 7th September 2018 - hosted by Hill Livery