We’re excited to share our keeper feature for the month of March! Our keeper feature blog series involves an interview with one of our dedicated zoo keepers to showcase the hard work that they put in. We also think it’s a great way to show you what being a zoo keeper is all about, day-in and day-out.

This month we had a chance to learn more about Kasey Pedersen, one of our animal care keepers. Kasey isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to do her best work and has a calm demeanor that makes animals want to be around her. Read below to learn more about Kasey and all of her hard work!

Q: What is your full name, and title at the Zoo?

A: Kasey Pedersen, Animal Care Keeper

Q: How long have you worked at the Greater Vancouver Zoo?

A: Since December 2017

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a Zookeeper?

A: When the animals recognize your voice and grow to be comfortable with your presence

Q: What is the most memorable work day since you’ve been a Keeper at the zoo?

A: The day the baby addax was born and was up and running around all spunky within a few hours.

Q: What does a typical day look like in your role?

A: Lots of poop scooping! Mixed in with a bit of grazed knuckles, bruised shins, and more than a little hay down the shirt.

Q: Who is your favourite animal at the zoo and why?

A: There are no favourites! Arun is a sassy panda but is super cute so he gets away with it, Ernie the eland is sweet and always wants a pat, the giraffes are goofy. All of them have unique personalities!

Q: What’s your favourite saying/phrase or quote?

A: All our dreams can come true if you just have the courage to pursue them.

Q: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

A: I'm nacho average house guest am I?!

Q: If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?

A: Meerkats. They are my dream animal to work with so why not be one too!