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    National Zoo Keepers Week

    July 22, 2013
    July 26, 2013

    Amarillo Zoo Honors a Profession of Dedication During National Zoo Keeper Week

    In recognition of the dedication of zoo keepers, the Amarillo Zoo is joining the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and zoos around the nation in celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week (July 22-26, 2013). Created by AAZK, National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year beginning on the third Sunday in July. During the week, zoos nationwide honor approximately 7,000 animal care professionals in the United States and the work they do in animal care, conservation, and education.

    During the week, zoo staff will be highlighting some of the work performed by professional zoo keepers. Visitors are invited to come out and meet our zoo staff and learn more about the profession of zoo keeping.  Each day there will be a different activity including keeper chats, animal enrichment activities, displays on animal diets, handling equipment and more. Check at the Zoo’s admission booth when you arrive to see the times and locations of that day’s activity.

    Monday:                     10:00 am          Lemur Enrichment Activity

    Tuesday:                    10:00 am          Lion Enrichment Activity

    Wednesday:              10:00 am          Spur Tortoise Keeper Chat

    Thursday:                   10:00 am          Hoof stock Enrichment Activity

    Friday:                        10:00 am          Kangaroo Enrichment Activity


    Kids ages 14-18 can also register to win the “keeper for the day” contest. Spend the day at the Zoo working with zoo keepers to see and learn about the profession of Zoo Keepers. To enter visit KVII ProNews 7 website (connectamarillo.com) and click on Zoo Keeper for the Day contest. Entries will be accepted from Monday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 24th. The winner will be notified by email and also announced on KVII ProNews 7 Daybreak show on Friday, July 26th.