Know Before You Go:
• In order to ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications to the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please be sure to review the following Re-Opening FAQs for FPZ and SZ before your visit.
• Members:​ Online reservations and scannable timed tickets are now required for your visit. More

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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