It's National Zookeepers Appreciation Week, which runs from July 15-19, and Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo is participating with meet-and-greet sessions throughout the week.
Though it's going to be a hot few days, animal caregivers at Madison's zoo will be out taking care of the many creatures at the downtown facility.
On a warm day like Tuesday with temperatures in the low 90s and heat values in the upper 90s, Henry Vilas zookeeper Beth Peterson said an example of one job responsibility is making sure the animals, which come from a diversity of habitats throughout the world, are cared for and healthy.
"Part of being a zookeeper … is that you really get to know what's normal behavior for them," Petersen said. "Knowing what to pay attention to, to know if they are showing signs of stress, especially in warm weather like this, is a big part of your daily routine."