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Spotlight on zookeeper Matt Stierhof and his work with ring-tailed lemurs

Lemur and keeper

In celebration of National Zoo Keeper week, we asked keeper Matt Stierhof what he loves about Franklin Park Zoo's ring-tailed lemurs:

"Working with our lemurs has been an incredible learning experience. Ring-tailed lemurs have unique personalities and they also rely heavily on their olfactory (smell) senses. This allows me to provide innovative enrichment for them on a daily basis which may consist of perfumes, browse, puzzle feeders and so much more.

I always dreamed of having a career working with animals and love teaching others about nature. Becoming a zookeeper allows me to work with incredible animals and inspire zoo guests every day. Best job in the world!" 

FULL INTERVIEW & MORE KEEPER SPOTLIGHTS