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Zookeeper/Zoo Manager

Zookeepers/zoo managers care for animals in zoos, wildlife parks or aquariums. Zoo managers also do administrative tasks and oversee the running of their zoo. They are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the animals are kept safe and happy, while also educating the public about conservation and biology.

Zookeepers tend to have a combination of university education and practical experience. Some start out volunteering at zoos and work their way up to positions of responsibility that allow more contact with the animals. Being a zookeeper is a gruelling job. Animals need constant care and feeding, which may mean working long hours and working during the weekends.