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Become a Zookeeper For a Day

A great new program has been made available at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, offering visitors the chance to live the life of a zookeeper for a day and go behind the scenes with the animals for just $125. These zookeeper days offer a variety of unique experiences, with a choice of different programs available depending on your own interests and desires. For anyone out there who has a fascination or adoration for animals, or anyone who has ever been interested in the work of a zookeeper, this opportunity cannot possibly be missed.

The days themselves are actually more like half days, with most of the activities taking place between 7am at the earliest to 1pm at the latest. The program is offered on nearly every Thursday of the year, with activities varying from week to week, so there’s always something different going on. The opportunity allows visitors to get closer to the animals than ever before and learn lots of fascinating facts about the well-being and upkeep of various species. Participants will even be able to walk around inside the enclosures – with the dangerous animals taken out, of course – to get a look behind the glass.

To take part, you’ll have to be at least 14 years old and have the ability to follow the instructions of your zookeeper supervisors, who will escort you around the park and give you some valuable insight into their day-to-day activities. Professional behavior is expected, but as long as you follow the rules then you can have a fantastic experience of a zookeeper for just $125. This money is used by the zoo for their various projects in the field of conservation, but you also get some souvenirs for your money: a personalized name badge and a photograph with one of the animals.

As previously mentioned, a wide variety of programs are available to cater for a wide array of animal interests. If you’re particularly interested in elephants, for instance, you can have a go at the elephant and giraffe barn day, during which you’ll help with the clearing out of the enclosure, the preparation of food and activities, the training sessions, and more. Many other programs are available, specializing in everything from great apes to penguins, frogs, stingrays, komodo dragons, rhinos, lions, leopards, and much, much more. Whatever you’re into, there’ll be a program for you at Jacksonville Zoo.

The additional requirements to take part in this fascinating experience are pretty simple. Visitors wishing to experience a half day in a zookeeper’s shoes should be in reasonably good shape, capable of lifting forty pounds, comfortable working in a variety of conditions and finally able to engage in simple manual labor activities like sweeping with no difficulty. If you fit the bill and want to take part in one of these wonderful sessions then head on down to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll never forget.  

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