Happy Thanksgiving! And good morning to those of you going to work today!
Zoo and aquarium work is 365 days a year (or at least the animal care aspect is... don't get me started on the office folks...). Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the day of your best friend's wedding, the animals still need to be cared for, and the keepers need to come to work (though hopefully if it is the day of the wedding, someone will at least cover for you). No problem if you work near your home and family - just go in early, get the job done (most US zoos and aquariums are closed on Thanksgiving), pop home and shower, and then go to Thanksgiving dinner...
Less easy if you've had to move away for work, as many keepers do in order to break into the field. Some spend the holidays alone and come home when they can. Some have their families visit them. And some make new families, celebrating with coworkers and friends in their new home.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the holiday orphans, who are spending this day away from home. Everyone who visits your facility appreciates the sacrifices you make to provide the animals with care, everyday!
PS: Working the holidays isn't all bad! Read Cat's insights on spending Thanksgiving as a marine mammal trainer here!