We all love a zoo … so imagine being able to work in one! Zoos aren’t just of the traditional kind either – they can be any park, garden or establishment where live animals are kept on display. These include fauna sanctuaries, aquariums, safari parks and petting zoos. This course is ideal for those who are keen to embark on a zookeeping career, whether it’s caring for animals, educating visitors about captive animals, or assisting with research projects or conservation.
The Certificate of Zookeeping is an online professional development program that will teach you about the nature and scope of zoos, and the care, enrichment and breeding of captive animals.
In this zookeeping course, you will explore the health, reproduction, nutrition and feeding, and behaviour and enrichment of animals in zookeeping environments.
You will also study human-animal interactions, enclosure design and maintenance, occupational health and safety in zoos, and you’ll undertake a problem-based learning project based on environmental enrichment.
On completion of this course, you will be able to contribute to playing a role in helping with the conservation of captive animals – from native species to those found all over the world!
Unit - Zookeeping
Unit 1 – The nature and scope of zoos
What is a zoo?
The evolution of zoos
Change in zoo design
Modern zoos and sanctuaries
Codes of practices
Phylums & classes of the animal kingdom
The function of zoos
Research and zoos
Education in zoos
Unit 2 – Occupational health and safety in zoos
Workplace health & safety
Health & safety management in zoos
Other safety issues
Unit 3 – Captive husbandry – nutrition and feeding
The effect of poor nutrition on animal behaviour
Essential dietary components
Vitamins and minerals
Food storage & preparation
Presentation of food
Unit 4 – Captive husbandry – health
Record keeping/animal transfer data
Enrichment data transfer form
Unit 5 – Captive husbandry – reproduction
The need for captive breeding
Captive breeding in zoos
Goals of captive breeding
Issues with captive breeding
Captive breeding programs
Monitoring the reproductive status of zoo animals
Birth control and separation
Unit 6 – Captive husbandry – behaviour and enrichment
Types of behaviour
Behaviours in captive animals
The flight or fight response
Animal welfare indicators
Environmental influence on behaviour
Unit 7 – Human-animal interactions
Visitor animal interactions
Dealing with dangerous animals
Flight distance of animals
Visitor animal interactions
Unit 8 – Enclosure design and maintenance
Optimum enclosure design
The perfect enclosure?
Providing stimulating environments
Unit 9 – Problem-based learning project – environmental enrichment
Introduction and definition of pbl
Team structure and interaction
Estimated duration 50 hours
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