Are you 14-17 years old and thinking about being a Zoo Keeper?

Learn more what the role of a zoo keeper involves and the skills needed to work in this field.


Date: Sunday 5th November 2023, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Who: young people aged 14-17 years old.

Cost: £65 per participant

What’s included: a full day of class-room based learning lead by zoo experts. A notebook and pen will be provided. Participants will receive digital resources prior to the event. Please be aware, lunch is not provided, bring a packed lunch.

This day is jam-packed with lots of information and classroom based activities. As such, there is no time out in the zoo. This includes no access to any behind-the-scenes areas nor any live animals.

How to Book: all place for the 5th November date are now fully booked.

What’s it About?

Join zoo staff for a unique and educational day at the zoo to learn all about being a zoo keeper. Participants will gain an understanding of the different roles at the zoo as well as the sorts of experience and skills needed for these jobs. The day will also include the unseen side of zoo jobs, including things like why chainsaw licencing might be relevant, or how everyone can benefit from public speaking skills!

Please be aware, there are no practical, out-in-the-zoo elements to the day (you won’t be mucking out any animal enclosures!), and no live animals involved. Instead, there will be a series of guest speakers, and tabletop activities to provide participants with a greater understanding of the job roles as well as useful hints and tips to help plan your future career.

Topics covered will be diverse, and include things such as: ethical decision making, animal enrichment, animal training, and CV critique and writting skills.

The day will be led by team members of the zoo Education Department. These staff hold relevant zoo keeping experience, expertise, and qualifications as well as being enhanced DBS Checked. Colchester Zoo has fully trained First Aiders on site, in immediate contact.

If you have any specific Health and Safety concerns (including mental health), regarding the young person interested in booking, please contact our education department directly at 01206 332511 or 01206 332512 or education@colchesterzoo.org to discuss if this day could suit their needs.

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