Did you know that this is National Zoo Keeper Week? (neither did I, until I went searching) Every year, the third week in July is set aside to recognize zoo keepers’ roles as educational and wildlife ambassadors.

Animals are fascinating creatures–at least in my opinion. The Lord certainly was creative when he made so many different varieties, don’t you think? The long neck of the giraffe, the quills of a porcupine, the colorful feathers of the peacock. And if it weren’t for zoos, most of us would never see many of these creatures up close.

I find animals inspiring, and I know there are many writers who put animals in their stories – and sometime even allow them to take center stage, so to speak. The first books that come to mind for me are C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia – but that very well could be because I’m reading those books to my kids. But, of course, there are many others.

Animal imagery is popular in writing – even God’s Word tells us to look at the ant to see industriousness, and who can forget Balaam and the talking donkey?

So, take a trip to the local zoo and get some writing inspiration. And don’t forget to thank the zookeepers!

A QUESTION FOR YOU: Do you like to write about animals? Do you use animal descriptions for people? Feel free to include a link to anything you’ve written about or including animals in your comment.

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