Professional Zoo Keeping
Training Course 101-A

Course Tuition

$1,000.00 per week
Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lunch provided.

Course Registration

Download the Registration Form - Limited Class Size, First Come, First Served.
Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices. Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance letter or wait list letter once acceptance decisions are made. If you have any questions about your acceptance or need additional information, call Dade City's Wild Things at 352-567-WILD (9453).

Travel and Accommodations

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive a confirmation letter containing detailed information regarding accommodations once you are admitted.

Course Objective

This course focuses on the very highest standards in animal husbandry, from pediatric, adult to geriatric care, safety protocol, government regulations, handling tours and the media as well as keepers role in education, with demonstrations at the zoo with a very diverse collection of animals.

Target Audience

Currently employed and future animal care professionals.

Course Topics

An overview course on all aspects of zoo keeping. If you are interested in being a zookeeper or are in the field and want a more detailed overview of all aspects of zoo keeping and running a zoo.

  • Rules of the Zoo
  • What is zoology - Zoo keeping
  • Safety Protocol
  • Emergency and escape Protocol
  • Governing Regulations: FCF, USCF, USDA, Lacy Act, etc.
  • Working with volunteers and Interns - description of programs
  • Volunteer requirements and regulations: working with volunteers
  • Tours and public protocols
  • Talking to the media
  • The keeper's role in education
  • How captive species benefits conservation

  • Animal Husbandry:
  • Animal Behavior (training, enrichment, observational skills)
  • Species differentiation, origin, behavioral
  • Understanding differences wild VS captive
  • Cleaning and maintenance of enclosures
  • Enrichment
  • Horticulture
  • Handling, Restraint and transport
  • Reproduction
  • Animal Shipments, Quarantine
  • Water Quality and types of administrating
  • Nutrition: diet planning, preparation and feeding
  • State and Federal laws on kitchen standards
  • Poisons and pest control
  • Pediatric Care
  • Geriatric Care
  • Veterinary Overview
  • Download Application


    Advanced Professional
    Zoo Keeping
    Training Course 201-B

    Course Tuition

    $2,500.00 per week
    Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Lunch provided.

    Course Registration

    Download the Registration Form - Limited Class Size - 1st come, 1st served Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices. Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance letter or wait list letter once acceptance decisions are made. If you have any questions about your acceptance or need additional information, call Dade City's Wild Things at 352-567-WILD (9453).

    Travel and Accommodations

    Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive a confirmation letter containing detailed information regarding accommodations once you are admitted.

    Course Objective

    This course continues in more depth and hands-on the focuses on the very highest standards in animal husbandry, understanding species specific, emergency protocol and weapons, educate in regulations and understanding all aspects of Zoo Keeping. It is more advanced level of all aspects of Zoo care, animal needs and responsibilities. It will include daily demonstrations at the Zoo with a very diverse collection of animals. It is also a pre-requisite to 404-A Basic Animal Training.

    Target Audience

    Currently employed and future animal care professionals. Required pre-requisite 101A Animal Keeping Professional Training Course

    Course Topics

    An detailed course on all aspects of zoo keeping. If you are interested in being a zookeeper or are in the field and want a more detailed overview of all aspects of zoo keeping, understanding the animals species specific and running a zoo.
  • Rules of the Zoo
  • What is zoology - Zoo keeping
  • Safety Protocol - Advanced and demonstrated
  • Emergency and escape Protocol: Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Emergency or escape - what, when and how to use a weapon
  • Government rules in details
  • Requirements and codes affecting care and interaction with animals and birds
  • Working with volunteers and Interns - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Tours and public protocols - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Talking to the media - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • The keeper's role in education - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Working with ambassador animals
  • How captive species benefits conservation - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Record keeping

  • Animal Husbandry:
  • Animal behavior (training, enrichment, observation) - Advanced & Demonstrated
  • Species differentiation, origin, behavioral - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Understanding differences wild VS captive - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • habits and personalities of animals verses species specific
  • Cleaning and maintenance of enclosures - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Enrichment: Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Enrichment: species specific preparation and planning
  • Horticulture-Landscaping: enrichment, placement benefits and camouflage
  • Handling, Restraint and transport - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Reproduction - Advanced
  • Animal Shipments, Quarantine - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Water Quality and types of administrating - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Nutrition: diet planning, preparation and feeding - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • State and Federal laws on kitchen standards
  • Poisons and pest control - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Geriatric Care - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Pediatric Care - Advanced and Demonstrated
  • Veterinary: vet care and records, administrating medications types and ways
  • Health/Sedation: signs of illness, when to contact management or veterinarian
  • Restraints: weapons available for sedation and how and when to use them

  • Understanding Your Animal: Species Specific
  • diet: age appropriate
  • strengths
  • hunting skills
  • medical needs
  • communication: sounds, motions, facial, body language, posturing, etc.
  • Dominance
  • Environmental needs and dangers
  • weaknesses
  • temperament or personality
  • enrichment needs
  • Restraints
  • training
  • laws: state and federal
  • poisons
  • Download Application