Friday, 19th April 2019


Zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks are the big employers of people who want to work with wild animals, whether the animals are in enclosures or roaming around in nature reserves or parks.

There are different types of animal parks and enclosures, varying in size and also in the type of animal that is being housed.

Background information about zoos

The modern zoo was first established in the 19th Century, displaying exotic and wild animals during a time where Victorians were fascinated with nature.

This fascination with nature has not diminished, but rather the purpose of modern zoos has developed over the years.

Zoos are no longer collections of animals for display, but are now used to educate people about the wonders of nature, and to find ways of conserving wild animals and their habitats.

About the industry

Zoos are now run as a complex operation, with specialist staff in different disciplines including animal husbandry, health, nutrition, training, behaviour and keeping full records.

The same promises are made by wildlife parks, aquariums and other like-minded organisations that wish to contribute to species and habitat conservation, and educate the population, rather than just displaying animals for entertainment.

Zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks are supported by a number of organisations, such as World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).

These organisations only help to boost the quality of animal care, research and education that zoos and wildlife parks strive to deliver.

Therefore these employers will expect to have dedicated, hardworking and educated employees with an active interest in animal conservation and care.

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