Learn more about the talented and dedicated individuals that take care of the zoo animals in our third installment of the new series of Keeper Profiles. Missed the first ones? Check out Janine in Primates or Kate in Reptiles.
What are do you work?
What is your favorite part about your job?
Watching the animals under my care interact and play with each other.
What is your favorite animal and why?
It's tough to choose a favorite, but I love the young chimps and our young orangutan. The kids truly love to just play and be silly, swinging upside down on a rope or doing somersaults through the dens.
How long have you been a zookeeper?
How long at the Sacramento Zoo?I've been a keeper for 9 years, at Sac Zoo for about 4 1/2 years.
When did you know that you wanted to be a zookeeper?
In high school I thought it would be a fun and interesting way to work with chimps.
Why is your job important?
Seeing animals up close through a zoo is a great way for visitors to connect with them and, in turn, hopefully care more about that species and their conservation needs. I like to be able to educate people about our animals.
What do you say to people who want a primate as a pet?
No! Primates are wild animals that need a large space and specific care. They are extremely social animals that deserve to be with their own kind.
Tell us something interesting about one of the animals in your area, either factual or a personality quirk.
Our oldest female chimp, is a neat freak. She removes food scraps, enrichment items and bedding from her den area before settling in. She also hates walking in mud or puddles.