A Zoo Keeper looks after animals in a Zoo or Safari Park. Responsibilities will include feeding, grooming, cleaning out enclosures or cages, making sure the animals are fit, healthy and disease free. They will also give talks and presentations to members of the public, observe and keep records of the animals, liaise with the vet if any of the animals are unwell.
For this role you will require five GCSE's 9 to 4 (A*-C) and probably a BTEC qualification in animal science. Voluntary work would be beneficial when starting off in the industry as employers will be looking for experience of working with animals. To become a fully qualified zoo keeper you will need to complete a three training course. You may be able to work your way up through an apprenticeship.
You will need:
- a genuine interest in animals and their welfare
- an interest in conservation
- to be fit and healthy
- to be prepared to work long hours
- to be able to give talks and presentations to members of the public.
£12,000 to £25,000