National Zookeeper Week
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
In 1901, W. Reid Blair, the Bronx Zoo’s first full-time veterinarian and its director, wrote that successful keepers, “as a rule, are sympathetic and intelligent.” William Hornaday, the zoo’s first director, and William Beebe, the zoo’s first Curator of Birds, praised the zoo’s early keepers for their devotion to, and love for, the animals in their charge.
Today, a new generation of thoughtful and dedicated keepers works at WCS’s five New York City parks. During National Zookeeper Week, we're celebrating all of them, including Prospect Park's Frances Verna (above), with a slate of daily events:
Monday, July 21
Inside Scoop Monday — Get the inside scoop on what it's like to be a keeper.
12 and 3pm at the Barn
Tuesday, July 22
Storytelling Tuesday — Join our volunteers for stories about keepers.
11am–1pm and 2–4pm, Barn Stage
Wednesday, July 23
Wild Art Wednesday — Thank the keepers by making a special animal-themed card.
11am–1pm and 2–4pm, Animals in Art
Thursday, July 24
Games Thursday — See if your animal knowledge is as good as a keeper's, with games and scavenger hunts.
11am–1pm and 2–4pm, Sea Lion Court (Animal Lifestyles if it rains)
Friday, July 25
Enrichment Friday — See our Victoria crowned pigeons get a special treat with the help of our keeper staff and learn the importance of enrichment to our animals.
12 and 3pm, Animal Lifestyles
Saturday, July 26
Meet a Docent Chat — Come chat with our volunteers and learn some cool facts about animal care careers!
12:30pm and 2:30pm, Animal Lifestyles
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