This week across the nation people and animals have been celebrating those brave souls that have chosen to work in the zookeeping field. National Zookeeper Appreciation Week is a chance for people to show a little extra appreciation for the challenging work zookeepers do every day. In honor of that, I wanted to take a little closer look at why on earth anyone would want to be a zookeeper.
To start, let’s examine what qualities make someone a good candidate.
This sounds pretty intimidating. Are there any perks to being a zookeeper? There sure are! Let’s explore what some of those are.
The zookeeping profession is often underrated and underappreciated. Zookeepers face a lot of challenges in their personal lives because they choose to work at a job that does not have a super high pay scale and requires them to work every day despite weather conditions and often means missing out on holidays and important events with their families. What many people don’t realize is that they face a lot of professional challenges as well. The job can be quite difficult, as we have already outlined, but sometimes people who are not familiar with the field can also be harsh toward zookeepers and the work they have dedicated their lives to. If you take anything away from this, please remember to be kind to zookeepers and to thank them for what they do for the animals. The world is a better place because of them, and our animals would certainly agree with that. Happy National Zookeeper Appreciation Week to all zookeepers out there, but especially ours! We couldn’t do what we do without every single one of you.
Written by Tara Mlodzienski
Lehigh Valley Zoo | Schnecksville, PA