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How do you become someone who works with animals in a zoo?

I'm mostly interested in mammals. What would the job be if you designed habitats, worked directly with the animals, and created a more safe and natural environment for the animals? Would it be a zoologist, caretaker, what? What would you study in college? What would be a good path to take? Expand. Only guidelines: I want to work with animals preferably in a zoo. Give me options and paths and tips and hints.

Asked By: Tavetta - 9/15/2009
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The most important thing for becoming a zookeeper is to gain experience with animals. Most zoos are more interested in experience than in qualifications - I used to be a zookeeper and got the job without any qualifications other than G.C.S.E.s. Having higher qualifications is no guarantee of getting the job (my boss... More
Answered By: Leolupus - 9/16/2009
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zoo keeper, you can usually apply at your local zoo and they would have requirements (age, health, vaccinations) and a training program if you get accepted... More
Answered By: filldwth? - 9/15/2009
 
I'm in college now and considering similar options. I'm about to complete my undergraduate degree with a major in biology, and it seems like the best basis I could've asked for. When I was college-hunting there weren't many schools offering zoology studies for undergrads. Contact a nearby zoo and ask them about... More
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Answered By: Vineda - 9/15/2009
 
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