January 21, 2020
Animal care is at the heart of what we do every day at the Zoo. Our curators and zoological managers from each animal unit selected their favorite 2019 accomplishment for animal care.
Humans are living longer, and our Children’s Zoo animals are, too! It is not uncommon for our ambassador animals to live well past their expected life range. Just as with our elderly friends and relatives, our elderly ambassador animals benefit from some special attention as they age. This TLC may come in the form of medication for changes in knee and hip joints (hidden in a tasty mouse), drops for aging eyes, a special exercise and weight plan, or a softened diet to accommodate aging teeth. The Children’s Zoo animal care team provides compassionate care for all the life stages of our ambassador animals. These dedicated keepers ensure that the golden years are truly golden! This is an achievement we can all be proud of. – Alice Seyfried, Curator of the Children’s Zoo