The Zookeeper is responsible for the care and wellbeing of the animals in their charge. They will clean enclosures, prepare food, administer medication and keep detailed records of the health and behavior of their charges. The Zookeeper will also work with the public, educating them about the animals in their care.

Zookeeper Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain the health and wellbeing of the animals in the zoo
  • Keep detailed records of the animals’ behaviors and needs
  • Work with veterinarians to ensure that the animals receive proper care
  • Develop and implement enrichment programs for the animals
  • Train new staff members on animal husbandry and safety procedures
  • Monitor the food supply and order necessary supplies
  • Clean and maintain the animal enclosures


  • To provide care for animals in a zoo setting
  • To maintain the health and well-being of the animals under one's care
  • To ensure that the animals have proper food, water, and shelter
  • To clean and maintain the animal enclosures
  • To observe the animals for signs of illness or distress

Zookeeper Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • A zookeeper must have a high school diploma or equivalent, although many employers prefer candidates with some college coursework in animal science or a related field. They must also be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Many zoos require their employees to be certified in first aid and CPR.