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 Joseph H.

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

Penguins and cormorants/Penguin Coast

How long have you been working at the Zoo?

For about 1 month

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

Probably not surprising, but I say a general “good morning” to all animals in workspace.

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

I am currently learning Shotokan karate and video game programming/design.

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

My favorite part of the day is hearing/seeing the passion that my coworkers have for not only the animals they work with on a daily basis, but for all animals.