Why did you choose to work
at the zoo?
I love to work with exotic animals, and I love the outdoors.
What exactly do you do in your
I take care of the animals. This job includes feeding them, cleaning their exhibits, preparing their diets, arranging their exhibits, and I enrich the animals by giving them things to play with.
How does your job help the
It keeps them healthy and happy.
How did you get your job?
It was advertised in the newspaper, so I applied.
What do you like best about
I like working with the animals.
What is the most challenging
about your job?
The most challenging thing is the work load.
What is the neatest thing that
happened on your job?
I enjoy watching the animals respond to the enrichment activities.
What are your working hours?
I work from 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. A week's work is 35-40 hours.
How many animal keepers work
Five people work full time and 4 to 5 work part time.
How could I get a job like
You need to get a degree in animal science, and you need to have experience with animals.
What are the requirements to
do well in your job?
You have to be able to read the animal's behavior, and you also have to be physically fit because it is a lot of work.
What are the educational requirements
to get your job?
You have to get either an animal science degree or a biology degree.
What school did you go to to
get your degree?
the University of Delaware
Did you have to study a lot
Yes, because there is a lot to learn about animals. They are all very different.
When did you start thinking
about working at the zoo?
when I was in elementary school
Is it hard working at the zoo?
How long have you been working
at the zoo?
3 years and 4 months
interviewed by Jeremy
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