The Keeper The American Association of Zoo Keepers San Diego Chapter Quarterly Newsletter – Spring 2010

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The Keeper

The American Association of Zoo Keepers

San Diego Chapter

Quarterly Newsletter – Spring 2010

To promote and establish good relationships among professional zoo keepers.

To promote and establish a means to stimulate incentive and greater interest in the zoo keeping profession.
To support deserving conservation projects to include educating the general public about the need for preserving our natural resources and animal life through these worthwhile efforts.
To establish materials beneficial to zoo keeper education.
San Diego Board Members

Yvette Kemp

Vice President

Matthew Akel


Laurie Brogan


Aimee Goldcamp

Chapter Fundraiser

Kym Nelson

Chapter Liaison

Sally Hunter Tina


Nicki Boyd

BFR Coordinators

Aimee Goldcamp

Kym Nelson
Newsletter Publisher/ Editor

Yvette Kemp

Pres Message 1
WAP Caravan 2
Dunk Tank 2
BFR Update 3
Conservation 4
36th AAZK Conference 6
A New Mission 7
Pronghorn Project 8
Events 10

President’s Message

By Yvette Kemp, SD AAZK President

We are staring 2010 with a few changes to our chapter.

The first and most important is our membership status. As I mentioned in our last newsletter, how our members will be categorized has changed. We now only have 2 types of membership: San Diego AAZK members and San Diego AAZK supporters. Our San Diego AAZK membership means that not only are you a local San Diego AAZK member, but you are ALSO an AAZK national member. Our San Diego AAZK supports are those who are only local AAZK members. Both memberships entitle you to our newsletter and regular SD AAZK events. But the SD AAZK membership also entitles you to vote during elections and free entry to any of our special events.
The second change is to our website. Thanks to the generosity of local digital marketing agency Geary Interactive (, we are changing the look of our website. Geary Interactive had volunteered their services to produce our website for the 2011 conference. They then also offered to change the look and update our local website. Unfortunately we will be losing the website expertise of our web keeper Barry Fass-Holmes, who was key in our technological growth. We’d like to thank Barry for his years of patience and hard work on our website and newsletter; we will always be grateful. It couldn’t have happened without him!
A third change has to do with FaceBook and Twitter. San Diego AAZK now has a Facebook page. Become a fan by going to San Diego American Association of Zoo Keepers. You can also get twitter updates. Check it out!
And last but not least, we are looking for board members. Actually we are looking for members willing to assist and join the board as part of conference committees. We have already started working on conference details (yes, it is in August of 2011) and would love your input. Come to the next Conference Board meeting on February 11, 4:00 pm, at the Zoo’s Warner building large conference to learn more!
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

A WAP Photo Caravan Experience

By Brooke Brun, SD AAZK Member

The AAZK Photo Caravan tour, offered every October to San Diego AAZK members, was an amazing and educational experience. This was the first time I went on the tour and I can’t wait to go back and share this adventure with my family and friends. 

I haven’t been to the Wild Animal Park in about 10 years, so it was great to be able to see the animals in such a large and natural enclosure. It was also nice to be able to observe how the different animals interact with each other as well as within their own groups. We went just before sunset, so the weather was perfect and the lighting was ideal for pictures. However, the best part was being able to have contact with the giraffes. It was such an incredible feeling, and they are such gentle giants. I have never been that close to them and did not realize how large they actually are. 
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was great at answering all of our questions. I felt lucky to be part of such a great tour and truly believe everyone should share this experience.
SD AAZK would like to thank Bob McClure, WAP Director, the WAP Mammal Department, and the WAP guides for their generosity, experience, and knowledge. The photo caravan is a great experience that we are lucky to share with AAZK members.

Dunk Tank Fundraiser

By Matthew Akel, SD AAZK VP

On September eleventh, our San Diego AAZK Chapter held a dunk tank fundraiser at Camp Timbuktu at the San Diego Zoo. This much anticipated event drew in employees from almost every department.

While some throwers prepared by stopping by an ATM to withdraw their paycheck to dunk a manager, others set up targets to practice at off site locations. With the water inside the tank starting off crisp and clean, it quickly darkened as each dunkee lined up to endure their fate...some choosing to wear their dirty uniforms!
Many chose to purchase the “Guaranteed Dunk” ticket which enabled them to walk up and tap the target releasing their victim into the frigid tank of “payback.” Among the dunkees was Dr. Tracy Clippinger who challenged throwers to dunk her several times in order for our AAZK chapter to receive $100. Despite the lack of success from throwers, Dr. Clippinger still donated the money to our chapter for the 2011 National AAZK Conference! THANKS TRACY!
Dunkees chose to step up their game this year by taunting the crowd. Wearing a panda mask and sporting a stuffed panda, Gaylene Thomas warned everyone to be “VERY QUIET” when driving through panda canyon…hence, incurring an onslaught of softballs. Pat Whitman and Joop Kuhn chose to fight back and bombard throwers with water balloons attempting to distract them and delay their fall into the murky water below. Many dunkees had a line waiting to remind them of all the times they had been given extra projects, counseling notices, and more.
All in all, the event was a great success, raising $1,321 that Friday afternoon. Thanks to all of the dunkees below as well as everyone who came to support our AAZK Chapter’s fundraiser!
Dunkees: Amy Flanagan, Bob Dillon, Carmi Penny, Curby Simerson, David Page, Gaylene Thomas, Geoff Pye, John Dunlap, Joop Kuhn, Kevin Haupt, Matt Akel, Michael Letzring, Pat Morris, Pat Witman, Robert Cisneros, Ted Molter, Tracy Clippinger.

Bowling for Rhinos - 2009 Update

By Kymberlee Nelson, SD AAZK Fundraising Coordinator

Everyone knows that Bowling for Rhinos raises money for rhino conservation but do you know where that money actually goes?

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has become one of the most successful rhino sanctuaries in all of Africa and that success is due in part to the great support BFR provides. We were lucky enough to have Ian Craig, the founder of Lewa, visit the Zoo earlier this year and if you heard him speak then you know how often he mentioned AAZK and thanked us for our support! Lewa has operating costs of $2.3million and uses the money donated each year from BFR to help cover them. New vehicles are always needed as the terrain is very rough and hard on the jeeps. We have helped to purchase an aircraft, which has aided their research and tracking efforts immensely, and we can’t forget the salaries and training costs of all the guards who protect the sanctuary and help to keep the rhinos safe!
In Indonesia, Ujung Kulon (UJ) depends on our donations to help fund the training and support of Rhino Patrol Units and pay for maintenance of buildings and equipment. Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBS) will use our funds to help with the costs of training more anti-poaching teams and getting them to strategic locations. BFR has also partnered with the newly formed Indonesian Rhino Conservation Program (IRCP) by allowing extra funds from UJ and BBS to be used for priority programs as determined by the IRCP.
Each year, the first $160,000 raised goes directly to Lewa. Additional monies are divided as follows:

International Rhino Foundation (Indonesian programs) 50%

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy 40%

Cheetah Conservation Fund Kenya 8%

AAZK Inc. Resources 2%
As most of you are aware, the San Diego AAZK Chapter did not hold a dedicated BFR event this year. Instead our fundraising efforts have been focused on holding a successful National Conference. Our chapter did however make a donation of $413.30, 10% of monies raised at Bowling for Professional Excellence, to BFR. For most of our long-term members you are sure to be thinking that $413.30 could not possibly be 10% of our total! In past years our bowling event has generated an average of $15,000, unfortunately this was not the case with this year’s event and not only did our conference budget suffer but our donation to BFR was about a third of what it should have been! Despite the poor showing this year, our chapter’s total donation is now $148,038.32! We are still one of the top contributing chapters and we hope to keep this title in the years to come. AAZK has raised over $230,000 in 2009 and hopes to see this total rise to $250,000 by year’s end! BFR has now raised nearly $3.5 million for rhino conservation and I just want to take one final chance to remind you that none of this money would have been possible without the national efforts of AAZK and National AAZK would not exist if there were no national conference!
The San Diego Chapter looks forward to contributing to rhino conservation for years to come and we hope to have your support at next year’s bowling event!

Get To Know Contest and Conservation Conversations

By Laurie Brogan, SD AAZK Secretary

On Friday, September 28, I was able to attend 2 conservation events with 2 very different themes. The 1st event was the Robert Bateman “Get to Know” contest at the National History Museum. Robert Bateman is a celebrated Canadian wildlife artist and naturalist. In 1999, he founded the Get-to-Know program. His philosophy behind the program is that “caring begins with knowing.” He believes that the first step toward instilling in young Canadians a desire to conserve biodiversity is to encourage youths to go outdoors, to “get to know” their wild neighbors, and then to share their experience by creating works of art or writing and entering them in a contest. The contest is open to any Canadians youths, age 19 and under. The grand prize winners will receive their entry published in the Robert Bateman contest calendar and distributed throughout Canada.

Robert Bateman’s newest challenge? Introducing the United States to this wonderful program! Starting September 26, 2009 he launched the National Public Lands Day. It was open to all US residents 18 years or younger who were able to enter artwork, digital photography, or writings. The contest ended November 30, 2009 and just like in Canada, the grand prize winners had their entry published in the Robert Bateman calendar and distributed throughout California!

The San Diego Natural History Museum was proud to launch this historic and unprecedented international collaboration effort to reconnect young people with nature through the arts. There were speakers from the Deputy Chief of the US Forest Service, to the Executive Director of Sempra. Even a local marine wildlife artist you might recognize by the many buildings throughout San Diego that depict the marine life in and around our oceans was there. Yes, Wyland! The event was MC’d by Loren Nancarrow, our own local evening news weather guy! All of these different individuals and organizations agree that getting kids involved at a young age in learning and caring about wildlife and ecosystems around them is THE path to conserving and saving our collective future on Earth.

There are many organizations affiliated with the “Get-to-Know” program. I will list just a few: the National Wildlife Federation, the US Fish and Wildlife service, the US Forrest Service, the San Diego Zoo, REI, and the newest affiliate? Drum roll please! The American Association of Zoo Keepers!

After hearing the wonderful speakers and seeing all of the young children that were there learning to paint from Wyland, all I can say is that I am proud to have our AAZK listed as an affiliate of the Robert Bateman Get-To-Know contest!

If you wish to learn more about this program go to

If you wish to learn more about Wyland and his foundation then go to

The second event of that day was at SeaWorld. Boy, what an ending to a glorious day! Not only were there three world class speakers but we had animal encounters. We were able to touch a Magellantic penguin, saw a southern ground hornbill fly, were greeted by a very talkative cockatoo and met sugar gliders! About the only one missing was Shamu, but she had a previous engagement. Here’s a short write-up of the event and speakers:

Mauro Lucherini, Andean Cat Alliance – Dr. Lucherini, a native of Argentina, discussed the Andean Cat Alliance studies and built awareness for the conservation of the elusive Andean cat (Oreailurus jacobita). How can a scientist study an animal he rarely, if ever, sees?

Dr. Greg Rasmussen and Peter Blintson, Painted Dog Conservation – Rasmussen and Blinston’s work with wild painted dogs (Lycaon pictus) was recently featured on Animal Planet. Their multi-faceted program has doubled the number of painted dogs in Zimbabwe and raised the status of the dogs to a national treasure. Find out more at

Rosamira Guillen, Proyecto Titi – Leads the effort to protect the critically endangered, cotton top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) – a monkey that only weighs about one pound. Guillen helps local communities work together to save this adorable forest monkey. Visit for more information.

SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina hosted the program and she brought along some of her animal friends for us to meet up close and personal.

It was truly amazing to hear each speaker talk about the species that they are studying. Dr. Mauro Lucherini said that in all of the years he has been part of the Andean Cat Alliance, he has never actually seen the cat he is studying, other than a picture taken from a motion detector camera. It’s hard to tell a lot from the picture, the Andean cat is only about the size of our average house cat. Its tail is twice its size, which helps to balance it as it chases after prey in the high mountain areas. Dr. Mauro also spoke about the rough living condition for the scientists. At such high elevations, they can only stay as long as 3 months! Any longer and they suffer the effects of high altitude sickness, including weight and muscle mass loss.

The Painted Dog Conservation was originally established as Painted Dog Research in 1992 by Gregory Rasmussen with help from Dr. Peter Blintson. During the first two years the human-induced carnage from snares, shooting and road kills accounted for 95% of all dog mortalities. “Early public presentations showed prejudice and ignorance and it was clear that unless this situation was addressed, the species could become extinct. The initial emphasis was to identify the critical issues and develop a pragmatic and holistic strategy that would make a substantial, lasting contribution to Painted Dogs, nature conservation and, most important, to the lives of the local people”.

Like the previous speakers, Rosamira Guillen spoke with passion about the animals she has been studying since 1985. The cotton-top tamarins are an endangered species of primate found only in the tropical forests of Colombia. Weighing about 1 pound, this tiny monkey needs our help in order to survive. Proyecto Tití is a conservation program that works to study cotton-top tamarins in their tropical forest habitat as well as educating local communities about the need to protect the biodiversity of Colombia. But, to make conservation economically feasible for many local communities, they have developed some innovative strategies to empower local people to get involved and benefit from conservation activities.

All thought each speaker may be studying a different animal in a different natural environment, each emphasized the importance of working with the local villagers and governments. Without the support of the locals, saving the wildlife and the wild areas WILL NEVER HAPPEN. If it is a choice between feeding their families, then they will cut the forests down for heat and kill the animals to feed their family. Now, unlike in the past, more and more conservation organizations realize that they must involve the children. For just like the Robert Bateman’s program, each understands that the best chance anyone has of saving our existing wildlife and wild areas from extinction comes from getting the children involved. For they hold the key to this planets’ survival. And not just in exotic far-away places, but right here in the good old United States!

I have always counted myself lucky to be able to spend my life working in the animal profession. There is so much to learn from working with captivity birds. But to hear these folks talk, to see the passion that they obviously have for the wildlife they care for…. sometimes I wonder, is it too late for me to leave the “safety” and the security of the San Diego Zoo and go off to some exotic place to help conserve wildlife? Guess I’ll have to give that a little more thought.

The 3rd ICZ and 36th AAZK Conference

By Yvette Kemp, President SD AAZK

This past September I was able to attend the first joint conference between the International Congress on Zoo Keeping and the American Association of Zoo Keepers. The conference was hosted by the Puget Sound Chapter of AAZK and Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA. Over 400 people from 24 countries participated in this conference that covered 6 days of presentations, workshops, symposiums, and zoo day.

Other San Diego AAZK members and keepers were there as well. My roommates Sally Tina Hunter and Kirstin Clapham, AAZK board member Aimee Goldcamp, and fellow San Diego Zoo and Park keepers included Bob Cisneros, Holly and Chuck Border, and Mike Bates.
We were all able to view the conference through different eyes and conference experiences. I had attended several conferences in the past, mostly enrichment and AZA conferences, where as Sally has attended TAG conferences. For Kirstin this was her first conference, so it was exciting to compare notes. Overall, the conference was enjoyable and educational. The weather was perfect the first few days, which made for great sight seeing. Then the cold, expected Seattle weather arrived, which made us remember why Seattle is so green but made us southern Californians appreciate our weather.
The presentations and workshops covered a wide variety of topics. Each of the attendees had our favorites. We attended many presentations, exchanged information, and compared notes; not

only on the conference topics, but on the conference in general. As future conference hosts there was a lot of close observations going on. It was a new approach for me and an exciting one.

A lot of work goes into hosting a conference and Seattle did a tremendous job. As a keeper, I came home excited to share topics and experiences with my co-workers. As a future host, I came home with a list of ideas.
Next year the National AAZK conference will take place in Philadelphia. We wish them the best of luck on their conference. We hope the 2011 conference that the San Diego chapter of AAZK hosts will be everything we and all our future attendees hope and expect it to be. It’s our mission!

A New Mission

By Aimee Goldcamp, SD AAZK Treasurer


I have been very fortunate over the past few years to be able to attend AAZK National Conferences. This year’s conference was up in Seattle, hosted by the Puget Sound Chapter and the anticipation was high. This was the first joint conference between AAZK and ICZ, and without fail, it lived up to all its hype.

I have always approached the national conferences with the eagerness of listening to paper presentations, attending workshops, and networking. I was once again excited about all of these aspects of the conference, but I was on a mission: a mission to gather as much information as I could on how we, SD AAZK, can run and organize a national conference. With SD AAZK hosting the 2011 national conference, you can say I was an observer with a purpose. I was looking at the conference with a new set of eyes and ears.  As the treasurer of our local chapter and for the 2011 conference, I was approaching this conference ready to ask as many questions needed to learn the ins and outs of our upcoming responsibilities. And boy did I ever. 
The conference chairs from both Seattle and Philadelphia, who is hosting the 2010 conference, were both very helpful. The Seattle crew had a bunch of great suggestions and the Philly girls were happy to see that they weren't the only ones asking a lot of questions. Besides asking the conference committees a slew of questions, I went to the heart of every conference, the delegates. With all the different zoo keepers that were in attendance, we were able to get multiple view points and suggestions. Throughout the 5 days of the conference I caught myself saying, "Oh my goodness, we will be doing this in two years."
I have a new appreciation for all the chapters before us and all the hard work they had to do to accomplish a successful conference. The next two years are going to be exciting and challenging. We are looking forward to the journey called Conference Planning. Each year AAZK is improving the overall experience of their national conference, and ours will be no exception. 

The Pronghorn Project with Andy Blue & Gary Berg

By Matt Akel, SD AAZK VP

On November 11th, 2009, Wild Animal Park Animal Care Manager, Andy Blue, and San Diego Zoo Senior Keeper, Gary Berg gave a presentation to our AAZK chapter. The talk discussed their efforts to help increase the population of peninsular pronghorn into the wild.
There are five subspecies of pronghorn and the peninsular pronghorn is a critically endangered species. Their current population is at three hundred animals, which is an increase from their previous population of one hundred and forty animals. They used to roam throughout Mexico and they are now found in a small area of the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve. This reserve is the largest in Mexico at five hundred and forty square kilometers and is very isolated. Since 2000, a captive breeding program in has been in place in Baja, Mexico with the goal of ultimately releasing pronghorn back to their native habitat. Several other AZA institutions also participate in this recovery project. With the captive population increasing, it was time to relocate animals into a protected area of the reserve.
In January 2009, Gary and Andy traveled the treacherous roads riddled with bad traffic and accidents to reach the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve. The camp and work site was located at the Proyecto Ford Salvemos Al Berrendo. Staff worked for two weeks on and off in this huge expanse which was desolate and parched. Well designed bomas and a loading dock to move animals were built using supplies from the San Diego Zoo. Over time, several vehicles have also been donated by the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park to assist.
There were three sorting pens that helped direct animals to the veterinarians then a recovery area. Vets from across the United States assisted with processing animals, which involved hand grabbing them. A funnel was built to help run pronghorn into the sorting pen while a capture net was used inside to trap animals. Approximately sixteen to eighteen people would assist in this delicate process of capturing four at a time. The pronghorn were not all hand raised but some were used to people. The processing involved identification, tagging the ears, and sorting the appropriate animals. Male pronghorn were actually less aggressive and easier to grab but would require three people to restrain one animal. Some pronghorn went to breeding or holding pens while others were slated for the release site. The release site was a protected area of the reserve where pronghorn once roamed.
In 2005, staff involved with this recovery project were able to corral and process only twenty-six pronghorn. In January 2009, approximately forty-five animals were moved. During July 2009, up to fifty pronghorn had been moved in one day! Being able to trailer animals improved their strategy and proved extremely successful. It was possible to move up to fifteen male pronghorn in a trailer without any problems. A veterinarian would travel with each animal transport into the field. While medical issues were minimal, the poor roads proved to be a larger concern causing trucks to get stuck. The release area involved pronghorn getting accustomed to it within three to four days and received supplements of alfalfa and water for three months.
With the lease on the land ending in May 2009, the decision was made to relocate the remaining pronghorn in July 2009 from the breeding center to the protected release site. Over a week’s time, the majority of remaining animals were moved while some stayed behind for breeding purposes. The combination of animal care professionals from numerous institutions made this relocation of pronghorn into the release site possible. Ultimately, the goal is to increase the population of peninsular pronghorn in North America, and Andy and Gary’s efforts should help achieve this. Kudos to their efforts!

Meet the AAZK Member: Meet the member is an opportunity to meet the people who are locally involved in AAZK. In this new segment, we will be presenting the same questions to each member. Today we are meeting Hali Anderson, a mammal keeper at the San Diego Zoo and the primary bear keeper in Sun Bear Forest, and Sarah Jenkins, an invertebrate and bird keeper at the Wild Animal Park.

Hali Anderson
Name a personal goal: to always be kind
States you have lived in: Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, California
Farthest place you have ever traveled:  Australia 
Number of countries you have visited: several
Number and breed of pets you own: 2 mixed breed dogs, 1 domestic shorthair cat, 1 betta, 2 dwarf African frogs, many platties in my pond
Dream vacation: England, Ireland, Scotland
Two hobbies:  Remodeling, cooking and eating healthy foods
Funniest zoo story: I don't have one...I laugh every day!
Dream job if not a keeper: To own an animal rescue sanctuary
If you could meet one person, dead or alive:  Can't think of anyone
Most influential person in your life: My mom
Favorite vacation spot: York Beach, Maine
Dream animal you've never worked with: Tasmanian Devil
List one silly talent you possess: I can do things with my feet, like roll down a car window 
List the different areas of the S.D. Zoo or WAP you have worked at:

Polars, Mesa and Sun Bear Forest

Which animal do you feel represents you the best: Bears-they like to be snuggly, they like food, they are affectionate, playful, problem solvers, emotional and sensitive
Name one thing about yourself most of your coworkers would be surprised to learn about: If they don't know it by now, they shouldn't.
Your perfect weekend: One in which I can totally do what I want
Where do you see yourself in 5 years: I take one day at a time
Where do you see yourself in 15 years: I take one year at a time
Sarah Jenkins
Name a personal goal: to increase the diversity and quantity in the WAPs invertebrate collection and to work on invertebrate conservation
States you have lived in: Idaho, Washington, Utah, California
Farthest place you have ever traveled:  Tasmania
Number of countries you have visited: 3
Number and breed of pets you own: 2, leucistic cockatiel and velvet ant
Dream vacation: Madagascar
Two hobbies:  movies and quilting
Funniest zoo story: overheard while cleaning in the WAPs Bridge of Birds – “look honey, it’s platypus!” The guest was pointing out a roseate spoonbill, perched 30 ft up in a tree, to his child. Yikes!
Dream job if not a keeper: wildlife filmographer
If you could meet one person, dead or alive:  Sir David Attenborough
Most influential person in your life: Andrea Zollweg, keeper at Zoo Boise
Favorite vacation spot: Boise, ID
Dream animal you've never worked with: aardvark
List one silly talent you possess: sarcasm 
List the different areas of the S.D. Zoo or WAP you have worked at: Crevasse & Butterflies, Bird Breeding Complex, Village, HOA Mammals
Which animal do you feel represents you the best: I don’t know!
Name one thing about yourself most of your coworkers would be surprised to learn about: I play bass clarinet
Your perfect weekend: Thursday & Friday, exactly what I have right now!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years: still here at the WAP, sweating with the bugs
Where do you see yourself in 15 years: As a lead or manager. Maybe the WAP can get it’s own insect house!

Thank you Hali and Sarah for sharing!

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February 13, 2010 — Kobey’s swap meet fundraiser. 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm. Volunteers and donations needed. Call (619)231-1515 x 4672 or email us at for more information.
March — TBD
April — TBD
May — TBD
June — TBD
July 18-24, 2010. National Zoo Keeper Week. More info to come.
August —TBD
September —TBD
October —Swap meet fundraiser. More info to come.
November —TBD
December —TBD

February 21–24, 2010

International Association of

Giraffe Care Professionals

Phoenix, AZ. Visit

for information.
April 15–18, 2010 Fourth

Otter Keeper Workshop

Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, OH.

Information at
April 25–30, 2010 Animal

Behavior Management

Alliance Annual

Conference: “Defining a

Decade: Animal

Management—Past, Present

and Future”—Pittsburgh, PA.

Details at

May 11-15, 2010—- International Gorilla Workshop. Hosted by Oklahoma City Zoo. Registration due by Feb 10. Questions? Contact Brian Aucone at
August 22–26, 2010 National

AAZK Conference—hosted by the

Philadelphia chapter of AAZK. Info at
August 24–28, 2011 National

AAZK Conference—San Diego,

CA, hosted by SD AAZK at the Westin

Gaslamp Hotel. More info to come.

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