Zookeeping it real. A blog about a zookeeper in the making. Stories, experiences, and things I have learned from working with exotics, domestics, and wildlife. Also a lot of my dog, and life.
jordanswordsandpictures said:have you already obtained a degree & still not landed a job as a zoo keeper? don’t mean to sound harsh, just want to know what to expect. & I am working on getting an internship at the moment.
No, I am finishing my degree in zoology and should be done in a year. I took a year off though to work with camels and what not. I think it varies from person to person and you should expect a bit of a wait time, it is a competitive position and have experience helps, they also like to hire within often so sometimes just getting a job in a retail or non-animal related position can eventually lead you to a keeper position.
I’m in an interesting position where when I’m done I could go back and work with camels (which is not at a zoo but still), and I may do that while I apply to keeper positions.
jordanswordsandpictures asked: How did you get a job in zoo keeping? I am currently in school majoring in Psychology. I was planning on going to Santa Fe teaching zoo, but i quickly realized that is way too expensive especially after in investing into 4 years of university. Please help me !
Sorry if my name mis-led you, I try and make it so my bio is clear that I am just a zookeeper in the making. but over the last 8 years have done a lot of different work with animals. From my understanding and from my zookeeper friends’ advice it’s like this: Get a degree! You did good, psychology is a good choice. Now: Experience and networking!, if you haven’t already intern and volunteer! AZA zoos and aquariums are ideal places to start but I would also recommend checking out wildlife rehabs, shelters, educational zoos or ZAA accredited zoos, or even farms/dairies.
If you have’t already check out or talk to:
http://eruditionanimaladoration.tumblr.com/ - an awesome dude who works at Zoo Atlanta