IAMA zookeeper who plays with big cats for a living AMA!
I did an AMA last year, but have been requested a few times to do another one, so here I am!
I'm a zookeeper at an AZA-accredited zoo, working exclusively with cats. These are the animals I have right now:
Two prides of lions
Two Amur leopards
Two Amur (Siberian) tigers
Two snow leopards
Two answer some common questions:
Yes, they know who I am. Yes, they all have names and different personalities. No, I have never given them catnip. No, you can't go in and pet them.
Now that those are out of the way, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about big cats, zookeeping, conservation efforts, animal training, animal enrichment, or anything else. In short, AMA! :)