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Zookeepers feed, provide water for and monitor the health of animals in zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks, clean, fix and maintain animal cages, and inform visitors about animals.


  • prepares, cleans, disinfects and maintains comfortable cages and enclosures
  • transports food, fills water troughs and feeds animals according to their individual needs
  • maintains animal health records, treats minor injuries and reports serious conditions to veterinarians
  • exercises and plays with animals, answers visitor questions and transfers animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
  • dusts and sprays insecticides on animals and immerses them in insecticide baths to control insect pests.


  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

To become a Zookeeper

  • You usually need a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in animal science, captive animals or another related field to work as a Zookeeper.

    Take a Certificate IV in Captive Animals

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