Humans are an amazing species, and specifically there is a type that is essential to the dedication of the conservation of animals in the world. Zoos worldwide & even our local potter park zoo exhibit: zookeepers. who else would take care of these precious animals?
THE PROBLEM IS THAT ZOOKEEPERS ARE NOT SHOWCASED ENOUGH WITH ALL THEIR HANDWORK AND DEDICATION THEY PUT TOWARD KEEPING MANY SPECIES THRIVING.
Jasmine started her undergraduate studies in upstate New York, and has been working for Potter Park Zoo as a Zookeeper since 2018. Specifically, she takes care of this herd of elk as her daily job now.
Pictured below are various moments and the main tasks that Jasmine and Ciera are to complete everyday to take care of the elk. Of all the elk, there's one male with antlers, 2 without and 4 female elk without antlers. Cranking the gates open and closed to bring them in for feeding, Jasmine says is, "one of my favorite parts of this job. They all have their own little personalities and show it very well".
Standing right behind the gates of the exhibit of the large cats is Cindy. Having attended Lansing Community College back in 2009, and being employed at 2 other previous zoos, she knows her way around. She is prepared to go rake leaves and pick up any excrements of the Lions from the day before.
Who's your favorite animal of the zoo?
After diving into & getting familiar with 2 local zookeepers, it's easier to witness and understand the amount of hours and dedication this job entails. The goal of being a zookeeper, and for zoos worldwide is to spread awareness of nature and species conservation. Viewing the animals themselves, which are taken care of by the zookeepers.
If you would like more information on making a visit to Potter Park Zoo call: (517) 483-4222.
Above you can see most of the animals that are out in the morning for feeding. The rest of the animals are either inside getting a nice and warm morning bath, or are taking morning naps.
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