ECWR Zoological Park celebrates National Zookeeper Week

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Levi and his friends are waiting to see you at the Zoo.

In recognition of the dedication of zoo keepers and aquarists, the American Association of Zoo Keepers and zoos and aquariums across the nation celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week July 19-25.

“This national celebration is in recognition of zoo keepers, aquarists, and the animal care professionals in our nation's zoological parks and aquariums," said Shane Good, president of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. "Zookeepers serve as animal care experts, frontline educators, and conservationists.  We are proud to have zookeepers recognized for the important work they do on behalf of wildlife and conservation.”

Created by AAZK, Inc, National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year beginning on the third Sunday in July. During the week, zoos nationwide honor animal care professionals and the work they do in animal care, conservation, and education.  There are approximately 6,000 animal care professionals in the United States.

To help increase public awareness about the need to preserve our precious habitats and the animals which inhabit them and to recognize the roles that zookeepers play in animal conservation and education, the ECWR Zoological Park will celebrate the week with daily keeper talks, social media interactions, and a special enrichment day on Saturday, July 25.

A sanctuary for native wildlife and exotic animals that have been abandoned or abused, the 10-acre Zoological Park in Crestview is home to over 130 animals of 35 different species, including tigers, lemurs, and endangered species from six continents. The Zoo is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission for the week is only $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 2-10 years old, and free for children under 2.