They’re some of the most hardworking, dedicated and passionate people you’ll meet. It’s National Zookeeper Appreciation Week and we’re celebrating the amazing work our zookeepers do for wildlife every day. The Maryland Zoo is fortunate to have expert teams of animal professionals focused on the care of more than 200 species big and small. We’re so grateful for their knowledge, expertise and commitment which continues to advance animal husbandry and wildlife conservation here and around the globe.

This year, National Zookeeper Week is July 17th through the 23rd. Each day we’ll share new keeper profiles and introduce you to the people making a difference for animals at the Maryland Zoo.

Meet Chris M.


What kinds of animals do you work with or what area?

I work mainly with the native reptiles and amphibians. But there are also otters, bats, and various birds in the Wilderness as well. And I get to work with the Panamanian Golden Frogs as well.

How long have you been working at the Zoo?

I have been working at the Zoo for 3 years.

What is something you do every day for the animals that would surprise us?

We put a lot of effort into enriching the animals. It is always a great experience to figure out a new enrichment idea and see the animals use their new enrichment.

What hobbies/interests do you have outside of your Zoo life?

I spend a lot of my free time taking care of my own animals. I have a collection of snakes, lizards, and frogs at home. When I am not taking care of them I enjoy watching/playing sports and spending time outdoors.

What is your favorite part of a typical day at the Zoo?

I am fortunate enough to be a part of an awesome team. Getting to work with them makes my job that much more enjoyable. I also really enjoy getting to work with such a diverse group of animals.