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Laura Carpenter – Cat Woman

Laura by the Eurasian Lynx enclosure

Laura Carpenter began her Cincinnati Zoo career twelve years ago in the Cat House, which is now the new & improved Night Hunters exhibit. Over the years, Laura has formed a special bond with our cats, especially Sheegwa the clouded leopard.  The best part of her job, according to Laura, is creating new and interesting enrichment activities for the cats to keep their minds and bodies are stimulated.

On a typical day, Laura cleans the cat enclosures, feeds the animals and does everything she can to keep them happy and healthy.

Laura’s future may include going back to school to earn a Master’s degree and complete research, but for now she is a happy and valued member of the Cincinnati Zoo family. If you see Laura, please thank her for taking good care of our cats!


1 Rhonda S. Radford { 07.23.11 at 8:23 pm }

Hi Laura,
Thanks for your great work with the cats! I hope you continue your education, and somehow I know you will do quite well. It’s wonderfully gratifying to have a true passion about the work that you do. Keep up the good work!

2 Ed Hicks { 07.23.11 at 9:29 pm }

Hi Laura,
I worked at the Zoo back in the late 60’s early 70’s. about 6 years but three of that was when I was still in school and worked on the gradening crew. And regretted ever leaving for years .My Dad Charles Hicks retired from the Zoo after 25 plus years. He worked in the bird house and then as head keeper of the bear line, after that he worked at nights till he retired, I remember a lot of the old time keepers not any of the new ones except for the Jacksons. Keep up the good works and I hope you have many more years there.

3 SharOn { 07.24.11 at 10:26 pm }

My favorite part of any zoo are the cats! And the Cincinnati Zoo is my favorite zoo because of the cat exhibits. They are so well decorated, unique, and have a large variety of majestic felines to observe. I can and have spent all day just starring and watching.
My friends and family call me a “Crazy Cat Lady”… My whole life I have dreamed of working and interacting with these Stunning Creatures, SO I must tell you that you have my DREAM Job! But I would like to thank you for doing such a wonderful job taking care of these precious animals and seeing to their well being, So people, like me, have the opportunity to go visit and observe. And because personally I believe these animals (all animals) deserve it! THANK YOU!

4 zhand38 { 07.25.11 at 3:54 pm }

Siberian Lynx exhibit. the same thing, but thats what the sign says

5 Tina Fess { 07.25.11 at 8:50 pm }

Hi Laura,
Great to see your profile!
Miss Storm Cat says hi!

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