Please note: Due to our annual wine-tasting event, Uncorked, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. General admission tickets will be sold through 3:30 p.m.

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Training a red kangaroo

Kangaroo and keepers

In celebration of National Zoo Keeper week, we asked keeper Maggie Sawyer about her job at Franklin Park Zoo:

"I'm the primary red kangaroo trainer, and I love working with our oldest female kangaroo. The training program is relatively new, but I've been able to accomplish a lot, and it’s been fun learning and training with her. Through the training, I've been able to do pouch checks along with the staff from the Zoo hospital.

I always wanted to have a career working with animals, and this job allows me to do that in an environment that also promotes education and conservation. This job has let me do and see a lot of things that I would not have been able to otherwise."

FULL INTERVIEW & MORE KEEPER SPOTLIGHTS