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In Person: A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

Dennis Smith, as told to C. B. Gavant

Hi guys! My name is Dennis Smith, and I’ve been a zookeeper for over 30 years. I grew up in England, where as a kid I enjoyed bringing home all types of animals — cats, dogs, birds, and injured wildlife. I always said I’d be a zookeeper when I grew up, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I had to train for five years under a professional keeper in a zoo inLondon, where I learned all about animals and how to take care of them. As part of my training, I attended night school, where I listened to lecturers and watched films about animal care until I had enough experience to start working. After a few years inEngland, I came here toIsrael, where I was hired by the zoo inJerusalem before it even became known as the Biblical Zoo. Originally I worked under another zookeeper, who asked me to take his place when he retired.

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