ROYAL OAK, Mich., July 13, 2012 – In recognition of the dedication of its 50 zookeepers, the Detroit Zoological Society joins with other zoological institutions across the country in support of National Zookeeper Week July 15-21, 2012.

"Our zookeepers are educated, passionate, caring and committed individuals responsible for ensuring that the animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo live great lives," said Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.

In honor of National Zookeeper Week, the Detroit Tigers will pay tribute to the Detroit Zoo's keepers before the start of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park on Monday, July 16.

National Zookeeper Week is sponsored by the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), a non-profit volunteer organization made up of professional zookeepers and other interested persons from around the country who are dedicated to professional animal care and wildlife conservation.