Irvine Park zookeeper Jennifer London talked with the Bengal tigers before cleaning their cages in 2019. London, 62, will retire Jan. 15, after 21 years with the city.

CHIPPEWA FALLS — For the past two decades, Jennifer London has doted after the animals in the Irvine Park zoo. She has made sure they were fed, cleaned their messes, cared for them when they were sick, celebrated the births and mourned the deaths.

“I tend to favor the ones who need me the most,” London said. “I give them a little bit more attention, because they need it.”