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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo celebrates National Zookeeper Week

It's National Zookeeper Week and Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is celebrating. This gives guests an opportunity to see zookeepers in action.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 5:48 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2018 5:51 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Do you know why it's important for zoo animals to receive training?Here's a hint, it's not just for your safety.

"As our bond grows stronger, we can ask for more difficult behaviors, and the best behaviors we can train our animals is medical behaviors,"Rachel Parcell said

The well being of the animals takes more than upkeep. It's what goes into keeping them safe and healthy and only one person can do that- the zookeeper. This week zookeepers are being celebrated across the nation.

"The whole zoo community being encouraged and welcomed is just fantastic,"Jim Pifko said.

Jim Pifko works in the barn at the zoo, and one of the animals he takes care of is Sara.

"The main thing I love to focus on with our donkey is hoof picking- hoof work in general," Pifko added.

The work doesn't just happen when the zoo is open to the public. Parcell said it's a year round dedication.

"We work 365 days of a year, holidays, Christmas; We're here working taking care of these animals we love and are very passionate about,"she said.

Not only making sure they're healthy, but happy too.

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