Local 727 Members at Brookfield Zoo Featured in Sun Times Article for National Zookeeper Week

| July 20, 2018

In honor of National Zookeeper Week, Teamsters Local 727 members Dara Kelly and Nava Greenblatt were recently featured in a Chicago Sun Times article:

“As National Zookeeper Week is set to kick off on July 15, two employees at Brookfield Zoo recently sat down with the Chicago Sun-Times to describe their jobs as the first line of defense for wild animals held in zoos.

“You get to see [the animals] every single day in your job, you get to observe them, and take care of them, and be around them, and that in and of itself is amazing,” said Dara Kelly, 43, a senior animal care specialist — or zookeeper — for the Chicago Zoological Society for six years.

The zookeepers at Brookfield Zoo are responsible for the overall care of the animals in their habitats, including feeding, cleaning their spaces, husbandry, health care and more, including working with nutritionists. The zoo, at 8400 W. 31st St. in Brookfield, sees about 2.2 million visitors every year, housing more than 3,000 animals representing 507 species and 133 animal care specialists, who are members of the Teamsters Union Local 727…”

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