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    National Zookeepers Week

    July 21, 2014
    July 25, 2014

    National Zookeepers Week
    July 21-25, 2014

    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 20-26, 2014). 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, July 21                 1:30 pm          Lemur Enrichment Activity

    Tuesday, July 22                1:30 pm          Hoof stock Enrichment Activity

    Wednesday, July 23          1:30 pm          Spur Tortoise Keeper Chat

    Thursday, July 24              1:30 pm          Snake Encounter

    Friday, July 25                    1:30 pm          Kangaroo Enrichment Activity


    Also during the week there will be special exhibits set up in the Zoo’s education center on animal diets and equipment keepers use in the performance of their job.

    To show your support for the Zoo and the Keepers you can purchase a special gift for one of your favorite Zoo animals at our Amazon.com wish list.

    Just like our human friends, animals can be tricky to buy for. So we’ve made it simple to find just the right gift for your favorite animal at the Amarillo Zoo. Now you can purchase a gift for the animals from our Amazon.com wish list, and the item will be shipped directly to the zoo! Gifts are available for a wide variety of animals, from bobcats to kangaroos, to lions or lemurs.

    Visit Amazon.com and search for the Amarillo Zoo’s animal wish list to see what you can get one of our Zoo friends!


    The Amarillo Zoo is located inside Thompson Park at NE 24th Ave and Dumas Highway. For more information call 806-381-7911 or visit the Zoo’s website at www.amarillozoo.org

    Admission – Free with general admission to the Zoo