This summer, the Jurassic Park franchise was revived with a fourth instalment – and a new meme was born.
Jurassic World grossed a monstrous record opening weekend take of $511bn worldwide and, judging by the pictures below, many among that audience were zoologists and zookeepers.
Even in a world where dinosaurs have been resurrected, it’s hard to believe that Jurassic World’s Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) could command and control a trio of vicious velociraptors by his sheer presence and outstretched arms, but keepers of the world’s captive animals quickly turned to social media to prove the power of Prattkeeping.
— Woodland Park Zoo (@woodlandparkzoo) June 17, 2015
As it turns out, the Jurassic World stance works on just about any animal.
— Georgia Aquarium (@GeorgiaAquarium) June 17, 2015
— Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) June 19, 2015
— Toronto Zoo Keepers (@tozookeepers) June 18, 2015
— Lion Country Safari (@LionCountry) June 17, 2015
— Audrey Niemeyer ⚓ (@Niemer11) June 17, 2015
This photo fad exploded during the summer of 2015, as professionals caring for animals all over the world shared photos from an average workday using the hashtags #Prattkeeping, #JurassicZookeeper and #JurassicZoo on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
#jurassiczookeeper A photo posted by Jeff Harwell (@jeff_harwell) on
#jurassiczookeeper #jurassiczoo A photo posted by Stephanie Triplett (@stellar40272) on
Even those charged with more domesticated animals couldn’t wait to make Pratts of themselves.
— Brookfield Zoo (@brookfield_zoo) June 18, 2015
— Rodriguez ॐ (@RRWWE) June 18, 2015
— BatterseaDogs&Cats (@BDCH) June 19, 2015
In June, Tumblr user feminerds (also known as Talia from Brisbane, Australia) explained how, according to her zookeeper friend, this had “become a craze in the keeper community”.
This is Chris. He’s our new aquarist. Lucky for him, #prattkeeping became a thing soon after he was hired. Welcome to #libertysciencecenter Chris. Good luck with those tarantulas! #jerseycity #hoboken #newark #nyc #bayonne #libertystatepark #jcmakeityours #jurassiczoo #jurassiczookeeper A photo posted by Liberty Science Center (@libertysciencecenter) on
Wrangling our red pandas, raptor squad style #JurassicZooKeeper #ZoorassicWorld A photo posted by Elmwood Park Zoo (@elmwoodparkzoo) on
Les soigneurs du monde entier prennent plaisir à parodier la déjà mythique scène de #chrispratt et de ses #raptors dans #jurassicworld ! Au #parcsaintecroix, Marc s’est mis en scène avec nos #loups noirs Gimli, Ébène et Sauron ! #raptorsquad #zookeeper #clevergirls #Wolf #wolves #raptor A photo posted by Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (@parcsaintecroix) on
The trend even launched its very own Prattkeeping subreddit.
It turns out, Prattkeeping even works on humans.
Lol keeper #jurassiczoo #jurassiczookeeper #tamed A photo posted by Sammie ?⚓️ (@sammielynn05) on
Comedians…deadly…but they CAN be trained. #JurassicMidnight @jonahray @thegynomite @kumailn A photo posted by Chris Hardwick (@hardwick) on
It might even help to keep pesky drones off your lawn.
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