According to its website, the newly launched Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals (AMZAP) is comprised of professionals currently working in the zoological industry focused on minority representation in the zoo field across all disciplines and at all levels. Its goal is to build a sense of community amongst minorities currently working in the zoo field and to promote animal care and conservation careers as viable options for interested minorities. To achieve these objectives, AMZAP focuses on four core goals: Networking, Outreach, Mentoring, and Professional Development. One of the organization's founding members, Craig Saffoe, curator at the National Zoo, discusses the group's formation and its plans for the future.
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