The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is giving recognition to the dedication of zookeepers and other members of its Wildlife Care & Conservation Team, including animal trainers, educators, veterinary staff, curators, interns and volunteers during National Zoo Keeper Week through July 26, 2014. Staff members are giving fans a peek into their daily routines through social media posts using the hashtag #pbzookeeperweek.
“We are proud to honor our Wildlife Care & Conservation Team during this special week,” said Jan Steele, general curator for the Zoo. “Their dedication to the animals in our care shows in every action they take.”
“By posting photos and staff stories to social media, we can show our followers what it is like to be a zookeeper,” Steele continued. “Many guests may not realize how educated and hardworking our staff members are, so this can help them to understand what it takes to do these jobs.”
Created by The American Association of Zookeepers, Inc., National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year beginning on the third Sunday 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 American Association of Zookeepers is excited to announce National Zoo Keeper Week,” said Shane Good, president of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. “This national celebration is in recognition of zoo keepers, aquarists, and the animal care professionals in our nation's zoological parks and aquariums. Zookeepers serve as animal care experts, frontline educators, and conservationists. We are proud to have zookeepers recognized for the important work they do on behalf of wildlife and conservation.”
To help increase public awareness about the need to preserve our precious habitats and the animals which inhabit them and to recognize the roles that zookeepers play in animal conservation and education, the American Association of Zoo Keepers invites zoos, aquariums, and their guests to participate in National Zoo Keeper Week.
About the American Association of Zoo Keepers
The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a non-profit volunteer organization made up of professional zookeepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. The mission of AAZK is to advance excellence in the zoo keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life. For more information, visit www.aazk.org.