In celebration of animal care professionals during National Zoo Keepers Week – July 15 through the 21 – the El Paso Zoo will be hosting a variety of educational and fun activities for the public.
“Zoo keepers are the heart and soul of a zoo, and the amazing work that they’re able to do for the animals in their care and the relationships they build with many of them, is awe inspiring,” said El Paso Zoo Animal Curator John Kiseda.
Zoo keepers are animal care experts, teachers, conservationists and more. There are more than 40 zoo keepers at the El Paso Zoo, who work 365 days a year caring for the animals.
The public is invited to celebrate NZKW by visiting with zoo keepers during the Meet the Keeper program. The Zoo will also offer a special $5 children’s ticket price for kids 12 years and younger. To get the discounted price, children are asked to draw or color a picture of an animal and present it at the gate. The promotion ends Friday, July 20.
Visitors can also dress like a zoo keeper or a favorite animal for the After Howlers event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The zoo will be open until 8:30 p.m. and there will be live music, entertainment, Meet the Keepers, and an evening bird show.
In addition, the El Paso Zoo is featuring some of the dedicated animal care professionals on the zoo’s Facebook and Instagram social media sites.
In 2007, House resolution 509 was passed by Congress creating NZKW to celebrate each year beginning on the third Sunday in July. NZKW recognizes the contributions zookeepers make to the care and conservation of captive exotic animals and to research, public education, and recreation. During the week, zoos nationwide honor animal care professionals and the work they do.
Just last week, the Mayor’s Office, along with City Council, awarded a special proclamation during the council meeting recognizing National Zoo Keepers Week.
To plan a visit and catch a Meet the Keepers program visit click here.