National Zoo Keeper Week is a time in July when we get to celebrate and thank our wonderful keepers, who work hard every day to keep the animals healthy and happy. This year, we interviewed our animal pros to get a behind-the-scenes look at their jobs and to find out why they love working at the Zoo!

Check out all of the videos below:

What is the most surprising part of your job?

What are some misconceptions about zoos and/or zookeeping?

What’s the most interesting behavior you’ve trained an animal to do?

What advice would you give to someone hoping to get into the field?

If you could teach every Zoo visitor one thing about the Zoo’s conservation efforts, what would it be?

What do you love about animals?

If a magic genie could grant your wish for a new animal at the Zoo, what would you choose?