The Future of Zookeeping and the Challenges Ahead
A common bond for the world’s zookeepers is their passion for wildlife and their
commitment to improving professional animal care, animal welfare, and conservation. The
modern day zookeeper is expected to have a conservation ethic and expertise in a multitude of
tasks, including animal husbandry and educational presentation skills. Today’s zookeepers are
usually college educated, and they may perform many complex tasks, yet the majority of their day
continues to include the basic skills of cleaning and maintaining animal exhibits and holding areas.
This paper will examine the evolution of the zookeeping profession, and highlight the challenges
and inevitable changes to come.
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