National Zoo Keeper Week

Schools have teacher appreciation week, we have national zoo keeper appreciation week! In case you've ever though to yourself, who are those people in the exhibits with the blue shirts, we have you covered, they're our zoo keepers. We thought you might want to know more about the amazing people who take care of our birds, so we've featured some of those beautiful Tracy Aviary staff members right here. 

SHAUNNA FOSTER

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Q: How long have you worked here? 

A: About one and a half years

Q: What's your favorite bird? 

A: The kea for sure

Q: Where are you originally from? 

A: All over the East Coast but most recently Pittsburgh

Q: What are your hobbies? 

A: Hiking and photographing birds

Q: Why birds? 

A: I've always been interested in animals but I fell in love with birds in college. One of my professors was a retired bird keeper and they really got me interested. I worked on an ostrich farm and an avian rehab facility one summer and that's where I realized I wanted to work with birds for my career

Q: What's your favorite part of your day? 

A: Training enrichment with the keas

FRED KROMM

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Q: How long have you worked here? 

A: Six and a half years

Q: What's your favorite bird? 

A: The toco toucan and the curl crested aracari 

Q: Where are you originally from? 

A: Upstate New York. I did an internship here in 2010, worked in Georgia, then moved back to Utah six years ago

Q: What are your hobbies? 

A: Traveling to other zoos around the United States and visiting family. I've been to over 110 zoos. I also like photography and exploring the outdoors

Q: Why birds? 

A: I always wanted to work with animals since I was little. I'd watch birds and help my grandpa build bird houses. That really got me started with my interest in birds

Q: What's your favorite part of your day? 

A: Going around checking in with the keepers and seeing all the birds in person. I like that we're a small facility so I know everyone and see them everyday