National Zookeeper Week- Jeni Neufeld

Oct 09, 2014

The summer of 2014, we recognized National Zoo Keeper Week! To celebrate the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we posted an interview of a keeper each day that week! Check out Jeni below:
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Meet the Zookeeper: Jeni Neufeld

Q: How did you become a zookeeper?

A: "I grew up on a game farm, went on to volunteer at a wildlife rehab, and became a zookeeper for Edmonton Valley Zoo. In order to become a zookeeper, I went to the University of Lethbridge for my Bachelor of Science in Biology."

Q: When did you start working for the Calgary Zoo?

A: "I started working for the Calgary Zoo two and half years ago- February 2012 ."

Q: What's your favourite animal to work with?

A: " I have a big love for the hippos and the meerkats- the big and the small!"

Q: What's a great zookeeping story that you can share with us?

A: "Overall, I would have to say the flood of 2013. Everyone at the zoo came together, and you saw your coworkers really working as a team. One of our keepers was working until 3 a.m. the first night of the flood, and she didn't go home for days- and her own house was flooded! Everyone showed dedication and passion."