Happy National Zoo Keeper Week to everyone out there who has dedicated their career to serving and protecting our animal friends!  Take a moment this week to thank an animal care professional, because we mostly spend the other 51 weeks of the year working behind the scenes with no fanfare, and we’re happy to do it – but everyone likes to feel appreciated. :)

From the AAZK Website:

“What is National Zoo Keeper Week?

As the need to protect and preserve wildlife and their vanishing habitats continues to increase, the animal care professional’s role as educators and conservation ambassadors has become essential. Zoo and aquarium professionals care for hundreds of species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.

Three hundred and sixty five days a year, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, in all weather (from hurricanes, to blizzards, to heat waves, and everything in between), keepers have to be ready for anything. They are involved in captive animals’ lives and welfare from birth to death and every moment in between, and often create life long bonds. A keeper’s day can include an array of tasks including cleaning, food preparation and feed out, medical treatment, training, enrichment, landscaping, exhibit design, animal introductions, public outreach and education, and much MUCH more.

Most animal care professionals have bachelor degrees or higher, many with advanced degrees, and continue to advance their education by attending workshops, conferences, and certificate programs annually. They are not just skilled laborers, but professionals who continue to expand their knowledge of an ever advancing field. Working with animals requires constant complex problem solving and progressive learning. Beyond their daily duties, keepers are involved in research projects, field work, and conservation organizations. And yet – most do not earn more than minimum wage, and some even work second jobs.

But, in the end, being a zoo keeper, aquarist, aviculturist – whatever you call it, they’re all animal care professionals, and it is more than just a job. It’s a career, it’s a passion, it’s a calling.

THAT’S why we recognize zoo keepers year round, and THAT’S why we have a week dedicated to promoting their skills, dedication, and enthusiasm for wildlife to the world. Join AAZK every third week in July, to celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week!”


Some of my closest friends have called me crazy but I really don’t care what they think. 

Bakkar is one of the original tigers from Tiger Island and recently became the last one to be gracing us with his beautiful presence. I knew I was in Sydney 2 weeks ago so I made plans to drive to the National Zoo and Aquarium just to see him…it was a 6 hour round trip……thats where people put the crazy part me it just shows what I will do for someone something I love.. The last time I saw him I was about 11 and he didn’t look happy as he did at Dreamworld so when I found out he was still around and away from that terrible place that made him sad nothing was stopping me from seeing him…including my mum not wanting me to drive so far.

When we got there I found him on the map and dragged my mother to him… 

Bakkar and I made eye contact, most amazing thing! How unless you have grown up in my shoes it easy to think thats crazy but if you only knew what He and all the other Tigers at dreamworld helped me to get through because its not easy when your the kid who picked what job they wanted when they were 3 or the kid who yelled at another kid in kindergarten for 10 minutes because he said a tiger was a lion and they are just the easy things to explain. Mum and I then got to feed him…. Nothing can express how amazing it was to be able to be that close to him.

I’m so happy that I was able to go see him and spend most of my day watching him and knowing that I now have an amazing memory of him. 

I love Bakkar =D

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11 Must-Visit Places In Mumbai That Are Worth Visiting But Are Less Visited.

The land of dreams Mumbai is one of the best cities in India. From Bollywood to Sensex, everything is based in Mumbai. But the main problem is people only visit places which are famous. It’s high time people realize that Mumbai is much more than Essel World and Juhu Beach. Here are 10 must-visit places in Mumbai which are less visited.

  1. Pagoda

Situated Near Gorai in Borivali, Global Vipassana Pagoda is a meditation hall which totally refreshes your mind body and soul. The aim of pagoda is a Gratitude to Gautama Buddha for dispensing what followers believe is a universal teaching for the eradication of suffering, to educate the public about the life and teaching of the Buddha, and to provide a place for the practice of meditation.

How To Reach: Catch a ferry to go to Pagoda from Gorai beach.

  1. Sahara Cricket Gaurav Point, Andheri

Being the 1st cricket gallery in Mumbai, it boasts of some stunning memories of Indian cricket. Apart from the statues of Indian cricketers, the cricket kit used by them and myriad photographs are also placed for cricket fans to relive some wonderful memories. It also has a wax statue of Sachin Tendulkar and the World cup winning trophy of 2011.


  1. The Nehru Planetarium

A stunning Science Museum in Worli, Mumbai which portrays the growth of science and technology and their applications in industry & human welfare, with a view to develop scientific attitude and temper and to create, inculcate and sustain a general awareness amongst the people.

  1. Taraporewala Aquarium

This newly renovated aquarium is the only aquarium in Mumbai and it has been started after a decade long wait. Kids can even touch fishes at this aquarium. The key attraction 12-foot long and 360 degree acrylic glass tunnel from which visitors can enter.

  1. Trekking at Karnala Fort, Panvel:

 Karnala is a quaint fort overlooking a sprawling bird sanctuary. Situated along the Mumbai-Goa highway, it is at a distance of about 10 km from the city of Panvel. It is an absolute beginner’s trek amidst the natural flora and fauna of the enclosed sanctuary. The relative ease of this trail also provides an excellent opportunity for parents to introduce their children to trekking and nature.

  1. Vardhaman Fantasy (7 Wonders of the world)

It has 7 different internationally themed zones which will keep you occupied for the entire day. You will never fall short of excitement or thrills, thanks to the mascots that will make sure you are treated with the best of hospitality. There are zones like thrill rides, 7 wonders of the world, a massive food court and other areas ensuring 360 degrees of sheer entertainment. As the name itself suggests, Vardhman Fantasy has enough potential to win over your fantasies.

  1. Byculla Zoo:

It is one of the most cheapest zoos in the world which charges Rs.5 for an adult ticket. This zoo has myriad birds and animals including Humboldt penguins, Asian elephants, crocodiles and African parrots. They are also planning to add an theater auditorium soon.

  1. Toy Train at Sanjay Gandhi National Park

A train which covers the nature & beauty of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. This fun Toy Train Ride is for both children’s and adults. This train covers around 2.5 KM distance in about 15 minutes & takes you along the foothills of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, traverses a couple of bridges and tunnels and passes over the Deer Park.

  1. Canvas Laugh Factory

This is a place which is exactly what it claims to be – a heaven for stand up comedy. It is always worth visiting this place for an evening when you want to forget your worries and put a funny twist to the pressing issues of the day. The rest is just background noise.

  1. Aer At Four Seasons, Worli:

An awesome rooftop bar & restaurant which will take your breath away. Marvel at the panoramic city and sea views and the endless ceiling of sky and stars at AER lounge, Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar situated at the 34th floor.

  1. Mount Mary Church Fair

The entire atmosphere is one of electric ambience and people enjoy with their families the sight of this carnival ambience. Street shopping, street events, concerts, food stalls, plays, and amusement rides form a major part of this festival.

  1. Cine & Dine, R-City Mall, Ghatkopar

This 180 degrees theater in Ghatkopar gives you the most royal cinematic experience while you are watching a movie. Enjoy a couple’s coziness or take your family and dine together while relaxing on the sofa seats. If you need anything, then just press a button on your seat & a host will come to attend your needs. Its a must visit atleast once for the royal experience.

Cost: Rs.600 per ticket. But it includes your food of Rs.300 too.

Can we know who has a tickmark for all these places?

anonymous asked:

19, female, 5'7, I like video games and anime, an aquarium or zoo

Originally posted by to-cut-a-womans-hair

Wait wait wait. A second one? What even is happening? I didn’t even expect one. Also as a 25 year old grumpy old man you all are truly flattering me. 

I make excuses to go to the aquarium all the time. Being an hour from the Baltimore Aquarium means awesome time. And the National zoo is p. cool too, especially the red pandas and the sneks.