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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® Celebrates National Zoo Keeper Week


In recognition of the dedication of zoo keepers and aquarists, the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) (www.aazk.org) and zoos and aquariums across the nation celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week July 15 through July 21, 2012.


This national celebration is in recognition of Zoo keepers, aquarists and the animal care professionals in our nation's zoological parks and aquariums.  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.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will honor the zoo keepers with special events during the week.  Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium employs 96 full time zoo keepers as well as 12 seasonal part time keepers.  Wildlife Safari Park, which is owned and operated by Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium, employs 9 full time zoo keepers and 2 seasonal part time keepers.

The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a non-profit volunteer organization made up of professional zookeepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. The mission of AAZK is to advance excellence in the zoo keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.  For more information, visit www.aazk.org.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is located at Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 454 and is open year-round.  Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 31.  Regular admission prices for 2012 are $13.50 for adults, $9.00 for children (ages 3-11) and $12.50 for seniors (65 and above). Household memberships are available for $99 and include free IMAX® admission.




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