What Highschool and College classes should I take to become a zookeeper?
I would like to be a zookeeper, but I don't know which classes to take during high school.
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Knowledge and experience in animal handling is crucial. Aspiring zookeepers usually start out volunteering or participating in an unpaid internship. After a time, volunteering and/or interning you'll gain more experience working with different animals and earn positive references from supervisors. This will help in acquiring a paid internship. Paid internships are commonly available to those still in college and recent graduates, and they're sometimes a prerequisite for hire at a zoo. Often, zoos looking for a new zookeeper will give first priority to those who have interned there. The zoos that do this know first-hand that their interns work hard, understand how the zoo is run, and are familiar with the zoo animals.
Hope this was helpful Elyse
John recommends the following next steps:
You should take animal or life science courses. The most important thing will be getting experience working with animals. Look for volunteer or work opportunities at a zoo, sanctuary, or shelter. Also some high schools participate in FFA (Future Farmers of America) where students raise animals.
Hope this helps!