Employer Spotlight – City of Springfield, Dickerson Park Zoo

Last month we celebrated National Zoo Keeper Week by visiting our members at the zoo in Springfield, Missouri. Since some of the employees of Dickerson Park Zoo are LAGERS members we wanted to see what a day in the life of a LAGERS member at the zoo was really like.

One of the first things we did was meet the baby cheetahs. Zookeeper Sheila even let us feed mama cheetah!

LAGERS member Sheila Samek at work at the Dickerson Park Zoo

We visited many people and animals that day, including Brock at his “Keeper Chat” where he educated us on Dickerson Park Zoo’s elephants.

We also saw April at the animal hospital, and learned all about the Zoo’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Project.

April Marler with one of the patients at the Dickerson Park Zoo Animal Hospital

It was a wonderful day learning about what these unique LAGERS members do everyday to keep the zoo running. From the zoo keepers to the maintenance department, these hardworking employees do their jobs every day knowing that when they retire LAGERS will be there for them.

Special thanks to everyone at the zoo, and especially to Joey Powell in marketing for coordinating our trip. We’ll be posting more pictures of our trip on our Facebook page very soon, so keep on the lookout for those as well.

It’s great to get out of the office and see our members in action!

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