IT'S A SMALL (ZOO) WORLD AFTER ALL
Unlike grocery stores, doctor’s offices, gas stations, restaurants and many other types of businesses out there, there are only so many zoos and aquariums in the country. Those institutions who go through the rigorous process of becoming AZA (American Zoo and Aquarium Association) accredited are even less. I would almost liken working at these zoos to working for a professional sports club. Jobs are specialized, whether you are like what the team doctor is to the zoo veterinarian, or the coaching staff is to zoo management personnel. I would love to liken the professional athletes to zookeepers, but in truth we are more like the personal trainers and specialized individual coaches of the zoo world. The closest thing to pro athletes we have are the exotic animals we care for.