What qualifications are needed to work in a zoo as a keeper?

My niece is sure she doesn't want a traditional 'office job' and is not academic enough to be a vet but really wants to work with animals. She doesn't care about unsociable hours or getting dirty, just about animals and their well-being.

Asked By: Kitty Katty - 8/19/2008
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Answered By: Heather H - 8/19/2008
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to actually work with the animals in a zoo she will have to be academic. most zoo keepers are zoologists and/or qualified vets. captive or no they are still wild animals and in no way tame, plus they are expensive and valuable to the zoo, they aren't going to hire people who don't have the know how and the paperwork to... More
Answered By: loki_luck - 8/19/2008
The most important thing is to gain experience with animals. Most zoos are more interested in this than in qualifications, and volunteering at a zoo or animal sanctuary is a good way of getting that experience. I used to be a zookeeper and got the job without any qualifications other than G.C.S.E.s. Having higher... More
Answered By: Leolupus - 8/19/2008
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