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Keeper Week: Key Players in Animal Health

Published July 24, 2014

In celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week , I’d like to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how some Animal Care staff work diligently to keep our living collection happy and healthy!

Care for a young hatchlingr

Animals that come into the National Aquarium always go through a quarantine period before they are introduced into exhibits. This is to make sure that we don’t introduce animals that are carrying serious diseases and to let them adapt fully to new environments.

Managing quarantine for a facility the size of the National Aquarium is not easy, and our success is based heavily on the staff’s diligent care and attention. In total, the Animal Care Center is staffed by three full-time employees, three volunteers and interns.

Monitoring animal health

Together, our Animal Health and Animal Care Center teams have developed protocols for quarantine, but often have to adapt them based on the animals’ histories, behavioral or environmental needs, and diagnostic testing.

We rely on the wonderful staff at our Animal Care Center to constantly adapt to meet the animals’ needs and get them thriving in their temporary quarantine homes before making the big move onto exhibit!

Stay tuned for more National Zookeeper Appreciation Week features!

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