How much would a starting zookeeper make at a zoo?
There salary ranges, however, vary
throughout the United States depending on the size of the zoo
and how the zoo is supported. Most zoo keeping positions do not
follow a regular Monday through Friday workweek working
days usually include weekends.
What kind of education and or background does a zookeeper need?
zoo keeping positions, a high school diploma is required. More
zoos are now hiring zookeepers with a college degree in a natural
science (biology, zoology, wildlife management, animal behavior,
marine biology, exotic animal management/zoo keeping). While not
always required, a college degree is advantageous in the competitive
field of zoo keeping. However, in the zoo keeping field, experience
is valuable. You will find it difficult to impossible to get hired
as a zookeeper without experience. Some ways to gain zoo
experience include, volunteering, doing internships, or taking
on seasonal or intermittent/temporary zoo keeping positions. Although
zoo keeping is not a high-paying
career, not is there much room for advancement as there might
be in a corporation, there is stiff competition for zoo keeping
positions. Most zookeepers have put in many years of volunteer
or low-wage work before obtaining full-time, permanent zookeeper
3. What is the danger of attack from animals? What do keepers
do to protect themselves?:
It is important to remember that zoo animals, while they live
in captivity, are not tame and could cause serious injury. Some
zoo animals, depending on how they were raised, may be unaccustomed
to humans. Unlike a wild animal that might flee from a person,
a captive animal accustomed to humans might approach a person
and could easily cause injury.
to safety issues, in many zoos, including Lupa zoo, close
contact between zoo animals and zookeepers is very limited and
is strictly managed.
must be constantly aware of the safety hazards of their job. They
must use all of their senses to know what is going on around them
at all times. zookeepers must be very attuned to the behavior
of the animals in their care and must be very observant in order
to notice any physical or behavioral changes in the animals. They
must also be creative, patient and have sound common sense and
good problem-solving abilities. Good zookeepers are extremely
dependable and responsible.
and our Lupazoo staff have emergency training and are well rehearsed
in what to do in case of emergency. It is important for keepers to be conscientious
about locking locks and double-checking them.
What are useful subjects to take in high school?:
As many biology and other science courses as possible would provide
a good foundation. Spend some of your free time reading or using
other media to learn about animals, plants and the natural world.
What do zookeepers like the best about their jobs?:
The personal and professional satisfaction that zookeepers
find in their jobs varies from person to person. For many zookeepers
the satisfaction of caring for animals that represent some of
the last of their species on earth, and sometimes helping to preserve
these species through captive management programs is the greatest
reward of the job. Being instrumental in the lives of these animals
and helping their species to survive is very gratifying.
safety reasons, close contact between keepers and animals is very
limited and strictly managed. However, even with limited contact,
the relationships that develop between keepers and the animals
they care for are often strong and can also be a rewarding aspect
of the job.
do zookeepers like least about their jobs?:
Depending on the particular job and on the person, zookeepers
have different likes and dislikes about their work. However, many
zookeepers encounter similar conditions in their jobs that are
difficult, repetitive and just not much fun. These include: working
outside no matter what the conditions, cleaning up feces (poop),
cleaning and scrubbing animal holding areas and exhibits, and
preparing animal diets. These activities must be done once or twice a day, and can become repetitive.
How much time do keepers spend scooping poop? How much time each
day do keepers spend feeding the animals?
For most zoo keeping positions, preparing diets for the animals
and cleaning up after them can take up to 75% of each day. As
previously mentioned, there is little to no contact with the animals
depending on what type of animals are being cared for, though
keepers do spend some of their time observing the animals under
their care for any indications of health problems or unusual behavior.
What types of medical situations do keepers handle? What types
of medical procedures do the veterinarians handle?
The most important job for a keeper in relation to the health
of the animals is to be observant. Any abnormal behavior, such
as a change in eating habits, could be a sign of sickness or injury.
Most wild animals do not tend to show major signs of sickness.
In the wild, a sick-looking animal would be more prone to attack
by other animals than would a healthy-looking animal. Therefore,
Zookeepers must be extremely observant in order to detect any
subtle irregularities in an animals behavior, physical condition
or routine. These irregularities can indicate that something is
not quite right with the animal.
keepers observe abnormal behavior they may collect urine, feces
or other samples to be analyzed by the vet. These samples are
also collected and analyzed on a regular basis to monitor the
health of all Lupazoo animals. When animals need long-term routine
medicine, injections, rehydration, force-feeding or wound care,
keepers may incorporate these duties into their daily routines.
The veterinary staff performs routine examinations on some species;
emergency and short-term care, such as stitching or surgery; and
more extensive care if needed. Experience with caring for sick
or wounded animals can be beneficial to a zookeeper, but training
in veterinary medicine is not required
8. What are keepers daily duties? What is involved in
a typical day?
A zookeepers typical day may look something like the
following (however, this would depend on what types of animals
are cared for by the keeper):
the day by checking on the animals, making sure that all
the animals are there and observing them for any abnormal
behavior or signs of illness or injury. Often when animals
are sick, they will exhibit signs of sickness in the morning
outdoor enclosure while the animals are still inside
animals to outdoor exhibit by the time the Lupazoo opens
indoor holding areas
cleaning and complete other projects
daily reports for each animal
animals to indoor holding areas
animals for any signs of sickness or injury
up before leaving
course each day is different from the next, with different projects
to complete, meetings to attend, educational programs to present
for zoo visitors.