Keeper Feeding Giraffe 1910

High Achievers

In honor of National Zookeeper Week, we’re taking a look back at some of our early keepers. Many things have changed about the job since these dedicated folks were here, starting with the uniform. Others haven’t, including the qualities of a good keeper. As W. Reid Blair – the Bronx Zoo’s first full-time veterinarian and later director – wrote in 1901, successful keepers, “as a rule, are sympathetic and intelligent.”

Roosevelt Elk and Calf

Roosevelt Elk Calf Debuts

A Roosevelt elk calf born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo has joined the rest of the herd on the zoo’s woodland habitat.

North American Porcupine

Porcupine Hops Boroughs

Making the move from the Bronx to Queens, a one-year-old North American porcupine has joined the historic aviary at the zoo.

Queens Zoo Aviary wildlife conservation society

From World’s Fair to World’s Fowl

The zoo’s geodesic dome aviary was originally built for the 1964 World’s Far, before transforming into a home for the world’s fowl.