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 Steve S.

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


How long have you been working at the Zoo?

18 years

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

I perform routine and preventative vet procedures such as blood draws, which are collected from veins on the back of the ear.

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

Gardening and spending time with my five very large dogs.

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

Performing a bath on the elephants. I love being able to be up close to the elephants and scrub them down. It’s a positive interaction for both the keepers and the elephants.