Career outlook for zookeeper
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would look after all types of animals in zoos, safari parks and aquariums or in the wild.
This job comes with a lot of responsibility, as the animals in your care would depend on you completely to make sure they have a good life.
- Order and prepare food, water and bedding for the animals
- Clean out pens and cages
- Check for signs of distress, disease or injury in animals
- Help the vet to care for sick animals
- Check pens and cages for signs of wear or damage
- Answer visitors’ questions and sometimes give talks or lectures
- Keep an eye on conditions such as temperature and humidity
- Keep healthcare records, normally on a computer
You would usually work with one type of animal or in a particular section of the zoo. A good understanding of health and safety rules would be very important.
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