National Zookeeper Week: A Thank You

by Morgan Seegmueller Burnette, Director

Zookeeping is a unique field, and as I’m sure most of them would agree with me, zookeepers are an even more unconventional bunch. This is not meant in a derogatory way in the slightest. In fact, I’d argue that almost anyone who chooses to work at a zoo for any length of time is a little unique themselves, myself included. As Director, I work in all Park departments and not just directly in the zoo field here at Chehaw. This gives me the opportunity to have a unique perspective into the lives of the zookeepers and animal staff. I say unique because I’m sure most of the zookeepers just accept all of this as normal day-to-day activity, and most outsiders don’t always get the opportunity to see it.

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Please Don't Feed the Animals

by Morgan Seegmueller Burnette, Director

Every once in a while we have a problem with guests behaving irresponsibly during their visit to the Zoo. We were recently disappointed to discover a Facebook photo of a visitor who had climbed a barrier in an attempt to pet and feed chips to our Red-Ruffed Lemurs. Unfortunately, this is not the only time we’ve run into an issue like this. Similar reckless incidents have continued to make national headlines over the past few years. Unfortunately, zoos across the country have discovered that it is impossible to design a Zoo that is completely human proof. No amount of barriers, signs, and cameras can combat what is either ignorance or entitlement.

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