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Zoo Keeper

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Zoo keepers look after animals in zoos, wildlife parks and safari parks. They care for a diverse range of animals from large and dangerous to rare and exotic.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for trainee zoo keepers at entry level are around £13,000 to £16,000 a year. Qualified keepers can earn around £16,000 to £20,000 a year, while senior keepers earn up to around £22,000 a year. Head keepers can earn up to £32,000 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
7083
1.3 %
RISE
2023
7177
  United Kingdom
2018
76091
0.4 %
RISE
2023
76424

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK)
E-mail: info@abwak.org
Website: http://www.abwak.org
Twitter: @ABWAK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABWAK/227825486277

British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
Tel: 020 7449 6599
E-mail: admin@biaza.org.uk
Website: http://www.biaza.org.uk
Twitter: @BIAZA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biazaofficial

College of Animal Welfare
Tel: 01480 422060
E-mail: admin@caw.ac.uk
Website: http://www.caw.ac.uk/
Twitter: @CAWInfo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAWInfo

The College of Animal Welfare specialises in veterinary nursing and animal care training. It operates from seven UK training centres, including the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of Edinburgh University.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
Tel: 0131 334 9171
E-mail: info@rzss.org.uk
Website: http://www.rzss.org.uk/
Twitter: @rzss
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RZSSofficial/

RZSS owns Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Tel: 0344 225 1826
E-mail: generalenquiries@zsl.org
Website: http://www.zsl.org
Twitter: @OfficialZSL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialzsl

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