Many students would love to work with a variety of animals, but don’t know where to start. If you like all creatures, of different shapes and sizes, working in a zoo is something that can be quite fun and has the potential to start a career for you working with endangered or captive species.

From gorillas, to giraffes, tigers and crocodiles, Zoos have a wide range of animals.

Whether you choose to specialise in knowing a lot about a particular specie, or wish to learn about as many as possible, the Zookeeping course is something to consider if you would like to acquire foundation knowledge and seek potential employment in the future.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. The Nature and Scope of Zoos
  2. Occupational Health and Safety in Zoos
  3. Captive Husbandry - Nutrition and Feeding
  4. Captive Husbandry - Health
  5. Captive Husbandry - Reproduction
  6. Captive Husbandry - Behaviour and Enrichment
  7. Human-Animal Interactions
  8. Enclosure Design and Maintenance
  9. Problem-based Learning Project: Environmental Enrichment
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Describe the nature and scope of zoos as a source of education and conservation
  • Develop appropriate procedures for managing occupational health and safety in a zoo, with a view to minimising risk to staff, animals and visitors
  • Describe the nutritional requirements and feeding preferences of animals within zoos
  • Determine health management measures required for a range of different captive zoo animals
  • Describe the management of breeding in zoos
  • Determine appropriate ways to manage a range of different wild animals in zoos
  • Explain procedures and techniques used to manage human-animal interactions in zoos
  • Identify and describe the qualities of good enclosure design. Develop maintenance programs for different enclosures