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National Zoo Keeper Week 2017

July 16, 2017

July 16-22 is National Zoo Keeper Week. In recognition of dedicated animal keepers, the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) members are celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week from July 16-22. As a member of the AAZK we are proud to join in a week celebrating our team’s efforts to educate the public about the plight of big cats in captivity and the need for true conservation efforts.

Although we are not a zoo, we are the caretakers of our animal residents and the educators of our human visitors. We work hard to provide everything the animals in our care need to live the best lives possible in captivity.

Our team puts in long hours in the blistering cold of winter and the blazing heat of summer because the animals need us. Animals don’t take a day off, they require fresh food and water daily. They need clean places to sleep and constant enrichment to keep their minds stimulated. We work despite the weather, muscle aches, scrapes, bruises, and blisters because we are dedicated to giving the animals in our care the best lives possible and they need us every day.

Because of this, we have planned a week full of special events for our team to show our appreciation. They deserve a week that celebrates their accomplishments, dedication, and passion. So, we’ve got something special planned for each day this week so that they know how much they mean to us.

Day 1 – Breakfast

Day 2  – Special Surprise Gift!

Day 2  – Special Surprise Gift!

Day 3 – Lunch

Day 4 – Ice Cream Social

Day 5 – Pizza Party

Day 6 – Special Surprise Gift!

Day 7 – Celebration Cake

Many of the daily event items were donated by board members or the company that provided us with the gift. We wanted to express our appreciation for the dedication and passion our team continually puts into making sure that our animals are well cared for.

We encourage our supporters to let our team know how much they appreciate what they do. You can send thank you letters to They will be presented to the team on July 21st.

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