Zookeeper By Morgan Fitzwater

Why I chose to research a zookeeper: I chose to research this job because I love animals. I understand that most animals in zoos are endangered and need the shelter they are given to keep them safe from poachers. I love working with animals and caring for them.

NATURE OF THE WORK

Zookeepers are people who tend to animals in the zoo. They clean cages daily , cut and weigh food, feed the animals, hose down elephants, and keep water clean at all times. They look for signs of change in the animals such as mood and behavior and immediately report illness to the head manager and vets.

Zookeepers weigh and feed the animals daily. They also clean cages daily

PROPER ATTIRE FOR THE JOB

Zookeepers wear uniforms the zoo gives them. Usually the logo of the zoo is on the chest. The clothes are loose fitting in the summer from the heat, and jackets are allowed in the winter.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Where do zookeepers work anyway? Usually it's outside on zoo grounds. But they can also work inside in their office to get paperwork done. It can even be inside a cage if their bathing or feeding an animal.

TRAINING

Zookeepers usually have a degree in an animal related class, such as biology. A zookeeper needs training from a fellow zookeeper once they land the job. They need to be trained how to feed the animals, care for illness and fix things that are broken. They also need to know the signs that an animal is ill.

EARNINGS OPPORTUNITIES

The average zookeeper makes roughly $13.50. They make $28,000 a year based on working 40 hours a week.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT

Fortunately, zookeepers won't have the same job your whole life. There are opportunities to move up. When they first start, they'll be working with smaller and less dangerous animals with a smaller responsibility. As they become more experienced they can start caring for more dangerous animals such as tigers and hippos.

JOB OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE

A zookeeper will most likely be around for the next 20-30 years. Zoos have been around since ancient Egypt and they've been protecting animals from becoming extinct.

RELATED OCCUPATIONS

A zoologist and marine biologist is similar to a zookeeper since they both involve working with animals. Being an animal trainer can also relate.

CONCLUSION

This career would be very accurate for me. I love animals and wouldn't mind working with them all day and educating the public about them. Being able to care for animals and keep them safe from the danger of poachers until they have a steady population is a great option for me. I love giving information too, so giving tours and speeches about the animals will be great.

citations:

https://www.aazk.org/zoo-keeping-as-a-career/

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