Online registration for Jr. Zookeepers will be available in March.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a zookeeper? Here is your chance to find out...
Become a Jr. Zookeeper for a day and learn the important roles that zookeepers play at Nashville Zoo. Geared towards children ages 10 – 14, our Jr. Zookeeper program gives kids the opportunity to work in various animal departments.
2014 Program Information
Each month has its own theme – due to popularity, enrollment is limited to 3 classes per Jr. Zookeeper. If registering for multiple classes, your Jr. Zookeeper must choose dates with different topics. Thank you for your cooperation.
June: Exhibit Design - Ever think about how much planning goes into making an animal's habitat at the Zoo? Learn about all the parts that go into creating an animal exhibit and then learn how to do it!
July: Animal Nutrition - You probably know tigers eat meat and macaws love seeds and nuts, but what does a porcupine eat? Or an anteater (it's more than just ants!). This class includes a visit and demonstration at the Zoo's Commissary, where the animals' diets are prepared every day.
August: Veterinary Care at the Zoo - Zookeepers work with veterinarians to take the best care possible of the animals at the Zoo. Junior Zookeepers will learn what vets really do and even get to tour the Zoo's animal clinic!
September: Training & Enrichment - Learn how zookeepers teach animals to do different behaviors that help them feed the animals, provide medical care and more. Junior Zookeepers will learn how to create and use enrichment to stimulate the animals' senses and gently expose them to new things. Training tips and enrichment can be applied to pets, too!