National Zoo Keeper Week
July 21 - 27
At Zoo Atlanta, the role of an animal care professional is considered by many to be a dream job. It’s also a daily illustration of professionalism, commitment and devotion to more than 1,000 animals representing species from around the world.
National Zookeepers Week is celebrated in July. Highlighting the work and achievements of zoo and aquarium professionals nationwide, the week is observed annually by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), a nonprofit organization with chapters throughout the U.S. Many of the Zoo’s animal care professionals are members of the Georgia Chapter of AAZK.
More than 45 of Zoo Atlanta’s full-time team members are animal care professionals working in five primary departments. Zoological animal care is a highly competitive profession requiring advanced education, specialized training and hands-on experience. Today, Zoo Atlanta team members are responsible for more than 45 percent of worldwide publications on gorilla behavior; have published internationally recognized behavioral research on giant pandas and other species; continue to inform and inspire their peers with innovations in animal training and enrichment; and have ranked among the nation’s first zoological professionals to study and respond to the problem of global amphibian decline and other conservation issues.