A zookeeper is a worker in a
zoo, responsible for the feeding and daily care of the animals. As part of their routine, they clean the exhibits and report health problems. They may also be involved in scientific research or public education, such as conducting tours and answering questions.
The qualifications and salary of zookeepers both vary widely. A junior keeper in a small zoo may have no qualifications other than an affinity for the job, while a senior keeper in a large zoo would probably have both a relevant academic degree and extensive experience.
Prospective zookeepers need both love for animals and diligence toward work that can be strenuous and dirty; animals and their food are sometimes heavy and strong-smelling. Because there are fewer jobs than applicants many prospective zookeepers also volunteer at zoos prior to being employed.
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* [http://www.zoo-talk.com Zoo-talk] covers zookeeper news from all over the world
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