Are you celebrating Zoo Keeper Week?

by Owen James

This week the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its members in the U.S. are celebrating the work of zoo keepers and aquarists.

Admittedly that sounds a bit like AquaDaily writers celebrating the work of AquaDaily writing, but we’re only saying that because we’re crazy jealous of their day jobs.

National Zoo Keeper Week is all about highlighting the role of zoo keepers and aquarists in animal care and conservation.

AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy says:

“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is proud of the hard-working zoo keepers and aquarists who care for more than 700,000 animals in 218 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. Zoo keepers and aquarists are highly-educated, hard-working, and dedicated to the animals in their care. We hope that when people visit zoos and aquariums all year-round, they will thank the zoo keepers and aquarists they meet.”

Created by the American Association of Zoo Keepers, National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year beginning on the third Sunday in July.

It could be quite a party – there are approximately 6,000 animal care professionals in the United States.

As for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), it’s a nonprofit founded back in in 1924. There are more details at

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