During the third week of July AAZK chapters and zoos nationwide celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week. This annual event started in 2007 as a way to recognize the work that zoo keepers do as animal educators and ambassadors. During this week, Rocky Mountain AAZK hosts many activities to show our appreciation to animal staff. Some of these activities include trivia, potlucks, and other get-togethers. To help educate zoo guests about the roles of zookeepers, we also teamed with Denver Zoo to air short videos on two sites on grounds and the zoo’s Facebook page.
In 2012, keepers celebrated zookeeper week by staging Zoo Keeper Olympics! Keepers competed for the gold be participating in hay stacking, (faux) snake wrangling, hose unwinding, and poop scooping competitions!
In 2013, keepers participated in a lively trivia competition “Leopardy”! Testing their animal knowledge, keepers showed off their memories of college learning by defining terms such as zygodactyl and patagium.
In 2014, keepers celebrated Zoo Keeper Week by hosting a pie throwing contest for ALTA (The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance)! Animal managers volunteered to have pies thrown in their faces by keepers for this great cause, and everyone who participated had an incredible time!