Posted in: Animal Care

National Zoo Keeper Week 2018 – Meet Cissy Kou

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zoo keepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. Meet Cissy Kou, a dedicated giant panda keeper whose early dreams of being a vet or a dolphin trainer lead her to caring for this iconic black-and-white species.

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National Zoo Keeper Week 2018 – Meet Mona Keith

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zoo keepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week.  Meet Mona Keith, a lead keeper at the Calgary Zoo who has a passion for animals that inspires anyone who talks to her.

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National Zoo Keeper Week 2018 – Meet Nicole Bouwman

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zoo keepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. Nicole is a self-proclaimed cat lady…. who now works with wolves!

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National Zoo Keeper Week 2018 – Meet Barb Campbell

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. Meet Barb Campbell, a dedicated zoo keeper whose career has spanned 34 years at the Calgary Zoo – and that’s just as a keeper!

She’s seen it all, from tiger cubs, the arrival of giant pandas, and the 2013 flood.

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National Zoo Keeper Week 2018- Meet Kristina King

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. Kristina has worked with turtles in Australia, and recently found a passion for penguins.

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Birds wearing beer cozie slippers

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Beer cozie slippers; they’re not just a fashion statement, but a creative way to care for animals here at the zoo.

What do you do when a bird injures its foot? Veterinarian Dr. Doug Whiteside prefers a certain method that not only helps heal the bird as quickly as possible, but also doubles as a fun bird accessory. In order to help the healing process along, the vets need a “bandage” that is able to get wet, dry quickly, but will still protect the foot. The beer cozie is perfect based on its shape for the webbed feet of a flamingo- the vets can medicate the bottom of the bird’s foot, and also protects the foot from the ground as it heals.

Dr. Whiteside has used this technique in flamingos for years and adapted it for the gentoo penguin from its use in flamingos. It was used successfully in 2013- with gentoo penguin Akemi. He claims the biggest challenge is making sure to use duct tape- so that they can’t take the cozie off! A unique workplace such as a zoo requires unique problem solving, for animals big and small.