John Ball Zoo

Keeper for a Half Day

Have you always wanted to be a zookeeper? Now’s your chance! You’ll work side by side with a zookeeper to learn what it takes to care for the animals at the zoo. 

Minimum Age: 8 years of age. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum # per Program: 2 people
Program Time: 4 hours (Typically 8:30-12:30pm-times vary depending on season)
Price: $125 per person

Includes:

  • Hands on experience working with our zookeepers in various areas of the zoo
  • Behind the scenes tour of our ambassador (education) animal area
  • Opportunity to handle 3 of our ambassador animals
  • Keeper for the Day t-shirt
  • Digital photo of participant doing keeper duties or handling animals
  • Certificate showing completion of the program

Advance Registration required. Footwear that fully encloses the foot is required – no sandals, flip-flops or
similar footwear. No photos can be taken behind the scenes. Non-refundable deposit required.

 

Zookeeper Job Shadow

Want to know what it takes to be a zookeeper and need to fulfill a job shadow school requirement? You’ll follow a zookeeper to learn what it takes to care for the animals at the zoo. Areas of shadowing are determined on the day of the program by the Animal Care Supervisors.

Age Requirement: Students must be in 8th grade or above
Maximum # per Program: 2 people
Program Time: Varies depending on school requirement. Available September-May.
Price: FREE- must provide documentation from school that it is a requirement

Advance Registration required. Space is limited. Footwear that fully encloses the foot is required – no sandals, flip-flops or similar footwear. No photos can be taken behind the scenes.

 

                                       Questions?   Call 616-336-4300   or   Email   education@jbzoo.org

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