Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Zoo Atlanta Celebrates National Zookeepers Week

Zoo Atlanta joins the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) in observing National Zookeepers Week from July 20 to July 24. Annually during the third week of July, AAZK, a nonprofit organization with chapters throughout the U.S., honors and promotes the efforts, talents and achievements of the professionals dedicated to the care and training of hundreds of animal species living in zoo and aquarium settings nationwide.

Roughly one third of Zoo Atlanta’s full-time staff are animal care professionals – an occupation that has diversified dramatically in recent decades. Once considered a trade that rarely exceeded basic duties such as feeding and cleaning, zoological animal care is now a highly competitive profession demanding education, experience and specialized training. During National Zookeepers Week in 2007, the Atlanta City Council recognized the contributions of the Zoo’s keepers with a special proclamation, and since that time, the organization has continued to build a national reputation as a source of talent and expertise for the zoological industry.

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