Zookeeper Week- Bill BlayneyFeb 04, 2015
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. Our final chat was of course with the dedicated zookeeper Bill Blayney, who has worked at the zoo for almost 30 years.
Meet the Zookeeper: Bill Blayney
Q: How did you become a zookeeper?
A: "I trained in Lethbridge as a Fish and Wildlife technician, and then took Environmental Science at Lethbridge College.”
Q: When did you start working as a zookeeper for the Calgary Zoo?
A: "I started working for the Calgary Zoo in 1986, so about 29 years ago. I’ve been working in the African Savannah building roughly since its grand opening in 2003.”
Q: What's your favourite animal to work with?
A: "My favourite animal would have to be the giraffes.”
Q: What’s a great zookeeping story that you can share with us?
A: “I think overall, a great story is the flood of 2013. It was different for all of the animal care staff to work together as a whole instead of our sections, and what we accomplished together was amazing. The African Savannah group operates well as a team, but the flood really showed that when you get any keepers together they can really cooperate and make it work.”