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National Zoo Keeper Week starts today

Stop by the Woodland Park Zoo this week and chat with a zoo keeper as part of National Zoo Keeper Week.

“Our animal care professionals play an important role in providing exemplary care to our animals, inspiring our guests to learn, care and act on behalf of wildlife, and are front line advocates for saving wild animals through public awareness,” Dr. Nancy Hawkes, general curator at Woodland Park Zoo, said in a press release. “National Zoo Keeper Week is a wonderful opportunity, especially for kids, to meet these dedicated and expert champions of animals.”

Photo by Kirsten Pisto/Woodland Park Zoo.

Zoo keepers will meet with zoo-goers at the following times and places:

  • Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. in the West Plaza. See and touch some of the food items prepared for zoo animals and try to guess which animal eats it.
  • Wednesday, 11 a.m., 12-2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Zoomazium. See and touch some of the food items prepared for zoo animals and try to guess which animal eats it.
  • Keeper Chat: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily; and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (see entry kiosk for daily location).
  • Elephant Keeper Chat: 11:30 p.m. daily, Elephant Forest
  • Raptor Flight Program: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Monday; Raptor non-flight Program: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Raptor Center.

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