International Zoo Keeper Day celebrates the contribution and dedication that zoo keepers make to the care and conservation of animals. It’s on 4th October because this is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Here at Wild Planet Trust we have a team of over 70 keepers across our three sites (Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo) who care for more than 500 species. Their daily jobs include cleaning out enclosures and preparing food, monitoring behaviour and providing enrichment to the animals in their care. It is a physically demanding job with long hours - but it can also be incredibly rewarding. 

Many of our zoo keepers are so passionate about conservation that they go the extra mile and do more outside of their jobs. Some take on the voluntary role of managing studbooks, which means they look after the breeding management and collection recommendations for individual species. Others take on challenges to raise money in aid of conservation projects and some spend weeks away from home volunteering across the planet to help the species they are most passionate about. In some cases, they are on the front line in helping to save species from extinction.

Without the passion, drive and dedication of our zoo keepers, this world would not be as rich in wildlife or wild places for all to enjoy. Thank you!

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