Are responsible for the day-to-day care and welfare of animals kept in zoos and safari parks. Their primary role is to ensure that these animals are kept physically and psychologically healthy. As there are approximately only 1,500 people employed in this type of work, entry into this career is highly competitive and gaining relevant training such as the Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping.
Some aspects of the Wildlife Ranger's role are similar to that of a Zoo keeper, but the work is based in a safari park instead of in a zoo, the Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping is relevant training for this career.
are involved in the study of animals scientifically and are employed in various wildlife and zoo roles, the Level 3 Diploma in Zoology is relevant for a variety of zoology careers.
Habitat designer/zoo horticulturist:
is a fast growing career as increasingly zoos strive to improve the environment for the animals in their care.
Curators in larger zoos, there may be a variety of curator career roles including zoo curators, curator of exhibits, curator of horticulture and curator of education.
A zoos veterinary team is responsible for the health of all the animals and for maintaining health records, treating disease, immunisation and dealing with an emergencies that arise.
A zoo registrar is in charge of maintaining thorough records about an animal collection. Details such as births, deaths, animal transfer/loan dates, data on offspring from breeding programmes etc, all need to be carefully recorded.
Animal Courses Direct offers a wide variety of wildlife courses that are relevant for zoo and safari park careers. Our courses have been designed in consultation with employers to enhance career and employment prospects.