Zoo attendants who are sometimes called “animal attendants” or “zookeepers” are vital to the operation of zoos. They feed animals on schedule clean their cages or outside areas and monitor zoo animals to make sure they are in good health. If zoo attendants suspect that an animal is suffering from any type of problem they report it to the zoo veterinarian. Once the veterinarian makes a diagnosis and prescribes medication the zoo attendant carefully adheres to the animal’s medication regimen and any special dietary needs. In some cases zoo attendants give educational talks to visitors in which they explain the needs and habits of the animals. According to the website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com individuals who want to work as zoo attendants often start out by volunteering their time assisting zoo attendants. Most employers favor zoo attendant job applicants who have associate’s degrees but preferably bachelor’s degrees in areas such as zoology animal science animal behavior or wildlife management. Zoo attendants must be physically strong they must be patient of the animals and they must keep meticulous records on the animals’ schedules and care. Zoo attendants often demonstrate their dedication when an animal is sick and requires special care at all hours of the day and night. Even when animals are in good health however zoo attendants must work some evenings and weekends. Zoo attendants are employed in zoos of all sizes in wildlife refuges and at aquariums. Their pay depends on the location and size of the facility as well as the specific types of animals in their charge and the extent of their training. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that median hourly wage is $14 which equates to approximately $28000 annually.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Takes care of zoo animals.
Monitors the health of animals.
Prepares zoo animals' meals.
|Also Called:||Animal Attendant
Zoo Animal Trainer
Zoo Animal Caretaker