July 21 - 27, 2019

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.

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.

Schedule

Ask a Zookeeper

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 

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Zookeeping Profession

During this week, zoos nationwide honor animal care professionals and the work they do in animal care, conservation and education. There are approximately 6,000 animal care professionals in the United States.

Zookeepers have a very interesting history that began in the earliest times of human history. The Saint Louis Zoo has more than 100 zookeepers on staff and most of them hold bachelor’s degrees or higher in biology, zoology or a related field. 

The Zoo's well-trained keepers provide the best possible care for the animals. This includes, but is not limited to: providing species-appropriate diets for all animals and the daily care of animals, cleaning exhibits, monitoring animal health and reporting any problems, conducting scientific research, educating the public, keeping records, using positive reinforcement to train animals and providing enrichment to the animals in their care—to name just a few.

Created by the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc., (AAZK), National Zookeeper Week is celebrated each year in July. During the week, zoos nationwide honor animal care professionals and the work they do in animal care, conservation and education. There are approximately 6,000 animal care professionals in the United States. The St. Louis Chapter of AAZK was established in 2003 and includes zookeepers, Zoo staff and volunteers dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.

Interested in becoming a zookeeper? 

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