Zookeeper Hannah Keklak with Roomba the Randall Lineback Cow

Photo by Jackie Ricciardi for Boston University

Meet the Zookeepers Day

Franklin Park Zoo Stone Zoo

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

In celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo invite guests for a special day to see what it’s like to be a zookeeper!

Observe some of the day-to-day activities zookeepers participate in, including feedings and trainings! Join us for special scheduled zookeeper encounters, where guests can ask questions directly to staff and discover what it’s like to work with the animals every day.

Schedule of Activities:

Franklin Park Zoo

  • 10:30 a.m. – Porcupine feed
  • 11:00 a.m. – Warthog training
  • 11:30 a.m. – Anteater feed
  • 1:30 p.m. – Condor training
  • 2:00 p.m. – Guinea hog training
  • 2:30 p.m. – Kea enrichment and zookeeper chat
  • 3:00 p.m. – Goat encounter

Stone Zoo

  • 11:00 a.m.– Bush dog feeding
  • 1:30 p.m. – Black bear training

Zoo New England’s dedicated team of animal care professionals provide the highest quality of care to all of the animals that call the Zoo home. A keeper’s day can include an array of tasks including cleaning, food preparation and feeding, medical treatment, training, enrichment, landscaping, exhibit design, animal introductions, public outreach and education, and so much more. Working with animals requires constant complex problem solving and progressive learning. Zookeepers are also involved in research projects, field work and impactful conservation initiatives to positively benefit wildlife and species survival.

View BU Today's feature on Hannah: "Life’s a Zoo for CAS Alum: Hannah Keklak cares for a host of unusual animals at Franklin Park Zoo"

Video courtesy of BU Today, Boston University
Video produced by BU Today, Boston University
Producer and Editor: Jason Kimball
Production Associate: Amy Laskowski