What qualifications do i need to work in a zoo?
The most important thing for becoming a zookeeper is to gain experience with animals. Most zoos are more interested in this than in qualifications – I used to be a zookeeper and got the job without any qualifications other than G.C.S.E.s. Having higher qualifications is no guarantee of getting the job (my boss told me he’s had people come in with degrees who didn’t know which end an elephant craps out of!), and not having them is no guarantee you won’t get the job. (I am in the UK, however, so be aware that requirements may vary where you are). Volunteering at a zoo or animal sanctuary is a good way of getting experience – many zoos take on volunteers, and it’s a good way of getting your foot in the door, so to speak, at the particular zoo you’re interested in working at. You won’t get paid, though, of course. Other things that are considered good experience with animals are working on farms and in dog kennels. You also need to be able to work hard, not mind getting dirty (and I mean R
http://www.aza.org/ForEveryone/Careers/ Requirements The conservation and scientific programs in zoos and aquariums have become highly technical and specialized. Although practical experience with animals may sometimes be substituted for academic training, most entry-level keeper positions now require a four-year college degree. Training in animal science, zoology, marine biology, conservation biology, wildlife management, and animal behavior is preferred… http://www.sandiegozoo.org/jobs/keeper_f… How do I become an animal keeper? There is no single way to become a keeper, but the more education and hands-on experience you have, the better. Education– While you’re in school, learn as much as you can in your science classes. In college, choose a degree program in animal-related fields like biology, zoology, botany, ecology, conservation sc