Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers


Animal Care and Management

Sub sector



New entrant / guardian


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Association of British Wild Animal Keepers

Careers as zoo or wild animal keepers offer unique opportunities in the specialised and demanding profession of maintaining captive exotic animals for conservation, research, public education and recreation.

Zoo keepers care for a diverse collection of animals from mammals and birds to reptiles and amphibians to fish and invertebrates. Many keepers become highly specialised, concentrating on a specific group of animals such as exotic birds, great apes, elephants or reptiles. Some of these keepers develop reputations that are recognised internationally.

Association of British Wild Animal Keepers website

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