It takes a village to raise a child. Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, and family friends are just some of the many individuals that contribute to the care and education of a child.
The same can be said of zoo animals. It takes a wide variety of staff to raise an animal from birth including keepers, nutritionists, veterinarians, exhibit designers, facility staff, scientists, and administrators.
As you prepare to celebrate your mother this weekend, take some time to remember all of the other women in your life who have helped you become who you are today. For inspiration, take a look at the various roles staff and their families have played in the lives of animals raised at the National Zoo and a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute project site.
Happy Mother's Day!