Monday, Jan. 18: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo REGISTRATION IS FULL for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Due to capacity limits, we cannot accommodate guests who did not pre-register in advance. 


Know Before You Go:
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 review our updated FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit. Members:​ Online reservations are required for your visit.

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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