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When being a zookeeper, do you do for example only reptiles, or can you do mammals and reptiles and other kinds of species?

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Corey’s Answer

Great question! It really all depends on the zoo you work at and how they split their zookeeper teams. Some zoos split by species type, so they have a reptile type, a bird team, a hoofstock team, a small mammal team, a carnivore team, a primate team, etc. Other zoos split their teams by areas of the zoo. For instance, if the zoo has an Africa area and an Asia area, there would be an Africa keeper team and an Asia keeper team, and the keepers would care for all the species in that area, which can include mammals, birds, and reptiles. Some zoos also have a swing keeper position, which floats from team to team. So my advice would be to get experience and be comfortable with working with all different species!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much!!! That is so helpful! Miryam R.
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Pro’s Answer

I'd like to be a bird-only keeper. Some jobs are for one kind of animal, while others are for several different kinds, or you could maybe work work all of the animals.
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