tony_tiger.jpgZoo visitors will have the chance to meet zookeepers and be rewarded with reduced admission for showing their appreciation during a weeklong celebration, according to a San Francisco Zoo spokeswoman.

National Zoo Keeper Week begins today, and the animal keepers will be available to meet and greet the public at various exhibits throughout the zoo to share their favorite stories.

Adults who bring in a thank you card for their favorite keeper, or keepers, will receive $2 off admission; children showing their appreciation with a card will receive $1 off admission.

Started by the American Association of Zoo Keepers, National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year beginning on the third Monday in July.

Zoos nationwide honor the approximately 6,000 animal care professionals in the U.S. during the week, which runs through Sunday.

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