Blackpool Zoo paid tribute to each of its dedicated keepers in celebration of International Zoo Keeper Day.
The event acknowledges zoo keepers all across the globe who spend their lives looking after endangered and wild animals.
Peter Dillingham, animal manager at Blackpool Zoo said: “ I would like to wish my entire team a very happy International Zoo Keeper Day!
“I am sure being a keeper will seem like the best job in the world to a lot of people, but I can guarantee it isn’t always easy.
“My dedicated team work 365 days a year, come rain, shine, snow or gale force winds. They’re masters of chopping vegetables, can identify a tree from 50 paces, and handle buckets of fish without batting an eye lid.
“They clean windows, scrub floors, rake paddocks and scoop up seemingly never ending piles of animal poo.
“Yet through it all, they keep on smiling. The dedication to their job and passion for their animals is faultless. I am proud of each and every one of them!”