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how old you have to be help in the zoo?

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Steve’s Answer

It will depend on the zoo but typically to begin working in a zoo you start volunteering and this can be done as early as 10 years old in some states. It will also depend on where you want to work in the zoo as there are many different programs and career opportunities within a zoo. This ranges from event coordinators, human resources, tour guide etc. The older you are the more responsibilities and projects you can take on. Typically if you want to work with animals in a paid position it will require college course work in zoology to start. However if you start volunteering, the younger the better your chances of getting a paid job working with animals is greatly improved. I will warn you this field is extremely competitive and is why I recommend volunteering if you can to get your foot in the door.

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Ricardo’s Answer

There are many ways to help in a zoo and many volunteer programs, so it depends on each institution. Zoo depends on how many people visits, because its really expensive to maintain all the animals and infrastructure. So some volunteer jobs in a zoo may be raising money, help with some activities in the zoo or help with educating people about the animals and dangers they might as a specie.

Its important to see zoos as an educational resource and be sure that animals are well treated. Some animals are born captive or are injured, so keeping them in a zoo may be the best way of living. Other animal are catched in the wild and thats not the best way to put animals in zoos. Now there is allot con conscience in this public institutions, but there are many animal traffickers that sale some wild animal as pets and the probability of those to survive is very low. So its important to know about the origins of the animal kept captive and try to keep them in a safe environment.

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Shannon’s Answer

I always tell people you can often find ways to start in this field is far more creative ways than you may think. I've met a lot of students who wanted to be elephant keepers or work with sharks, or something along those lines, and they may feel discouraged because of where they are at. I want to let you know there is not just one way to go into the field the work of working or saving animals. There are many zoos that allow you to volunteer as early as 10 with adult supervision. I got my start volunteering at special events with my family at local zoos and SPCA events. I know some people who began working at pet stores on weekends or after school in high school. Some people of course grow up in an area where animals are readily available, such as on a farm with their family. Sometimes local zoos or aquariums will have citizen science projects where you may find yourself elbow to elbow with local naturalists looking for birds, or doing oyster restoration projects. Those are great ways to get into the field and find a way to help animals right where you are. Another great thing to note is that while technology and life change there are often more virtual opportunities where you can connect with people in the zoo field, or are able to jump in on virtual learning opportunities. It's a great way to get an inside look at this field and figure out if this is a career for you or a future fun hobby.

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