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Category: National Zookeeper Week

Zookeeper Profile: Darby Thackerson

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal... Read More
at Friday, July 26, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Whitney Willis

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal... Read More
at Friday, July 26, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Alicia Snellen

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal... Read More
at Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Jessica Quinnett

  During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.... Read More
at Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Rachel Sides

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family.   NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited... Read More
at Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Stephany Hernandez

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family.   NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums,... Read More
at Monday, July 22, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Crystal Querry

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Crystal Querry, senior animal technician - small mammals. What animals do you care for? I primarily care for pygmy hippo “Wolee”, golden lion tamarins, a sloth and the new langurs, among other Children’s Zoo animals. What motivated or inspired you to... Read More
at Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Zookeeper Profile: Kasey Butler

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Kasey Butler, aquatics caretaker. What animals do you care for? I care for fish, sharks and stingrays. What motivated or inspired you to become a zookeeper?  Coming to the Zoo as a child, I remember always having a desire to become a zookeeper. The desire never... Read More
at Friday, July 20, 2018
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Zookeeper Profile: Courtney Tennison

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Courtney Tennison, small mammals caretaker. What animals do you care for? In the small mammal department, we take care of a wide variety of animals. I get the privilege of caring for the Petting Barn animals (donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens) and the wallabies. ... Read More
at Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Zookeeper Profile: Jackie Crawford

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Jackie Crawford, bird caretaker. What animals do you care for?  I am in the bird department but the animals I directly care for Carribean or American flamingos, green-winged macaws, and blue & yellow macaws. What motivated or inspired you to become a... Read More
at Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Zookeeper Profile: Brian Whitsitt

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. First up is Brian Whitsitt, hoofstock animal caretaker.  What animals do you care for? I work in the hoofstock department which includes but not limited to the giraffe, okapi, bison, several deer species and zebra. What motivated or inspired you to become a... Read More
at Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Zookeeper Highlight: Pace Frank

We’ve enjoyed sharing zookeeper highlights all week-long in honor of National #ZookeeperWeek – taking place July 16 through July 22! Keeper Pace is the last (but not least) zookeeper highlight of the week! Pace cares for the Zoo’s great apes. How long have you worked at the Zoo? I started working at the Oklahoma City Zoo in 2011 in the hoofstock department. I loved working with the Red river hogs and the okapi. When I first moved to Oklahoma City, I... Read More
at Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Zookeeper Highlight: Debbie Bastin

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is celebrating National Zookeeper Week – taking place from July 16 through July 22. Our staff of zookeepers are hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for the animals in their various departments! This week, we are highlighting six zookeepers; ranging from elephant to carnivore caretakers. Next up is Debbie Baston! Debbie cares for the Zoo's herd of Asian elephants!  How long have you... Read More
at Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Zookeeper Highlight: Brian Frank

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is celebrating National Zookeeper Week – taking place from July 16 through July 22. Our staff of zookeepers are hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for the animals in their various departments! This week, we are highlighting six zookeepers; ranging from elephant to carnivore caretakers. Next up is Brank Frank! Brian Frank is the lead zookeeper of hoofstock at the OKC Zoo.  How long have you... Read More
at Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Vet Technician Highlight: Julia Jones

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is celebrating National Zookeeper Week – taking place from July 16 through July 22! While this week is geared toward zookeepers in particular, it's also important to note that the Zoo's veterinary staff plays a vital role in caring for the animals as well. Today, we're highlighting Julia Jones, a veterinary technician (animal nurse) who collaborates with our team of zookeepers every day to ensure that each animal... Read More
at Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Keeper Highlight: Rachel Sides

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is celebrating National Zookeeper Week – taking place from July 16 through July 22. Our staff of zookeepers are hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for the animals in their various departments! This week, we are highlighting six zookeepers; ranging from elephant to carnivore caretakers. Next up is Rachel Sides! Keeper Rachel cares for the carnivores of the OKC Zoo.   How long have you... Read More
at Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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Zookeeper Highlight: Josh Lucas

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is celebrating National Zookeeper Week – taking place from July 16 through July 22. Our staff of zookeepers are hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for the animals in their various departments! This week, we are highlighting six zookeepers; ranging from elephant to carnivore caretakers. First up is Josh Lucas! Keeper Josh cares for the reptiles and amphibians of the OKC Zoo.   How long have you... Read More
at Monday, July 17, 2017
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