Zookeeper

Zookeeper

Zookeepers take care of animals from all over the world, from the tiniest insects to jumbo-sized elephants. They need a good understanding of biology to provide the best care for these creatures, and subjects like geography or environmental science can also can in handy.

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Zoos, safari parks and aquariums all need experts to look after their fascinating creatures. As well as helping to educate and entertaining the public, zookeepers are essential in conservation efforts, helping to breed endangered animals and prevent them from going extinct.

What's cool about being a zookeeper?

Developing close bonds with a variety of extraordinary creatures

Getting to teach the public all about our planet’s most interesting animals

Making a real difference to animals in need through care and conservation

Subjects you'll need

Being a zookeeper requires an understanding of animal behaviour – focus on biology at school to equip yourself with the knowledge you need. Modern conservation also requires IT skills, so a computing class will serve you well.

Fun fact

London Zoo has over 16,000 individual animals, from 755 different species. It opened in 1828, making it the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Charles Darwin regularly visited to study its animals, and Sir David Attenborough has an exhibit named after him: Attenborough Komodo Dragon House.

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