July 22, 2019

In honor of #NationalZookeeperWeek, we asked a few of our keepers some of their profession’s most-asked questions. A special thanks to Katie Stryker (Sea Lion Sound Keeper), Lindsey Gray (Jungle of the Apes Keeper), Mary Witucki (Carnivore Keeper), Clinton Scaggs (Penguin & Puffin Coast Keeper), Daniel Schneider (Carnivore Keeper), Glenn Frei (Invertebrate Keeper), Jackie McGarrahan (Carnivore Keeper), Maria Elden (Bird Keeper), Justin Elden (Herpetarium Keeper) and Carolyn Kelly (Carnivore Keeper) for taking the time to answer the questions. #ImAKeeper 


The Saint Louis Zoo receives many inquiries from kids and adults interested in learning what it takes to be a zookeeper. We also receive questions regarding careers in related fields, like wildlife management, forestry, conservation, and ecology. We're gratified that so many people like animals and want to work with them. And we're happy to help people understand how to prepare for a career in zoos, aquaria, and other wildlife organizations.

So You Want to be a Zookeeper?

Meet a Keeper

Keeper chats are offered every day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in various locations throughout Zoo.

Meet a Keeper Schedule

National Zookeeper Week

Please join us in honoring this amazing group of animal specialists! Our zookeepers devote their lives to taking care of very special animals on a daily basis, to conserving species for the future and to educating the public about the need to preserve animals and their habitats.

July 21-27