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ZOOKEEPERS ARE SERVICE WORKERS WHO CARE FOR EXOTIC ANIMALS that arc captive for conservation, research or education. Duties include preparing their diets, cleaning their enclosures, and monitoring their health and safety. Zookeepers may also help educate the public by answering questions zoo visitors may have.


The Workplace

Zookeepers work in public and private zoological parks and aquariums. According to the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), zookeepers care for a diverse collection of animals, from mammals and birds to reptiles and amphibians to fish and invertebrates. Some keepers become highly specialized, such as those who work in animal hospitals or who concentrate on a specific group of animals such as exotic birds, great apes, elephants or reptiles.

Educational Requirements

Most zoos require some education in animal science or some form of previous experience with animals, and many require zookeepers to have a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, psychology or animal science.


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