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Zookeeping 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Zookeeping
Zookeeping Certificate course online. Would you like to work with animals? Do you want to make sure that animals in zoological parks are healthy and happy? This course is a terrific introduction to working in zoos, safari parks, aquariums or fauna sanctuaries.
You will cover many aspects of zoo work such as: Animal Welfare, Animal Care, Diet and Nutrition, Enrichment - Environmental and Feeding, Captive Breeding, Optimum Enclosure Design ,Research and Conservation and Educating the Public
Study Zookeeping, and gain the foundation knowledge and skills you will need to start your career in captive animal management. This course is suitable for those already working with captive animals or those wishing to gain entry into this competitive area.
You will learn about:
- Animal Welfare
- Animal Care
- Diet and Nutrition
- Enrichment - Environmental and Feeding
- Captive Breeding
- Optimum Enclosure Design
- Research and Conservation
- Educating the Public
Lesson Structure: Zoo Keeping BEN208
There are 9 lessons in this course:
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
- Animal Welfare
- Record Keeping
- Identification Tags
- Animal Taxonomy
- Phylums & Classes of the Animal Kingdom
- The Function of Zoos
- Research and Zoos
- Education in Zoos
2. Occupational Health and Safety in Zoos
- Workplace Health & Safety
- Health & Safety Management in Zoos
- Legionnaires Disease
- Other Safety Issues
- Risk Management
3. Captive Husbandry - Nutrition and Feeding
- Animal Nutrition
- The Effect of Poor Nutrition on Animal Behaviour
- Water Requirements
- Essential Dietary Components
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Food Storage & Preparation
- Presentation of Food
4. Captive Husbandry - Health
- Monitoring Health
- Maintaining Health
- Record Keeping/Animal Transfer Data
- Enrichment Data Transfer Form
5.Captive Husbandry - Reproduction
- The Need for Captive Breeding
- Captive Breeding in Zoos
- Goals of Captive Breeding
- Issues with Captive Breeding
- Inbreeding Risks
- Captive Breeding Programs
- Monitoring the Reproductive Status of Zoo Animals
- Assisted Reproduction
- Stud Books
- Birth Control and Separation
6.Captive Husbandry - Behaviour and Enrichment
- Types of Behaviour
- Behaviours in Captive Animals
- Learned Behaviour
- The Flight or Fight Response
- Animal Behaviours
- Animal Welfare Indicators
- Environmental Influence on Behaviour
- Behaviour Management
- Environmental Enrichment
7. Human-Animal Interactions
- Keeper-Animal Interactions
- Visitor Animal Interactions
- Dealing with Dangerous Animals
- Flight Distance of Animals
- Handling Animals
- Visitor Animal Interactions
- Stress Reduction
8. Enclosure Design and Maintenance
- Optimum Enclosure Design
- The Perfect Enclosure?
- Replicating Nature
- Providing Stimulating Environments
- Physical Enrichment
- Feeding Enrichment
- Sensory Enrichment
- Social Enrichment
9. Problem-based Learning Project - Environmental Enrichment
- Introduction and Definition of PBL
- Problem Definition
- Team Structure and Interaction
- Final Report
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Zoo Keeping BEN208
- Describe the nature and scope of zoos as a source of education and conservation
- Develop appropriate procedures for managing occupational health and safety in a zoo, with a view to minimising risk to staff, animals and visitors
- Describe the nutritional requirements and feeding preferences of animals within zoos
- Determine health management measures required for a range of different captive zoo animals
- Describe the management of breeding in zoos
- Determine appropriate ways to manage a range of different wild animals in zoos
- Explain procedures and techniques used to manage human-animal interactions in zoos
- Identify and describe the qualities of good enclosure design. Develop maintenance programs for different enclosures
Practical (Set Tasks)
Gain all important hands-on experience with wildlife animals, to add to your CV whilst you are studying your Zookeeping Certificate course with ADL, or after completing it. We are very happy to be associated with GVE, which offers an unforgettable volunteer experience in South Africa with their Game Capture and Vet Experience programs.
The program fee charged for the experience also acts as the main support for GVE's non-profit clinic.
Interested in reading more information about both the Game Capture and Vet Experience programs? Then just click on the GVE logo below
WHAT IS A ZOO?
This seems a simple question but before we begin to learn about working in a zoo, we need to define exactly what a zoo is. A zoo can defined as an establishment, park or garden where live animals are kept on display for the purposes of recreation and education. A zoo can cover a range of establishments such as aquariums, fauna sanctuaries, bird gardens, safari parks, petting zoos and any collection of living animal species on display to the public.
MODERN ZOOS/SANCTUARIES/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTERS
Today, wild animals are kept in a wide range of settings. These include:
- Zoos or zoological gardens
- Open range zoos or safari parks,
- Roadside Zoos
- Petting Zoos
- Amusement Parks
- Private collections.
Many modern zoos have a common ethos of contributing to education, conservation and research while providing entertainment to visitors.
Working with Animals
A major safety risk at zoos arises from working with animals. There are a number of hazards faced by employees when working in close proximity to animals. The main two risks of working with animals include the potential spread of disease from animals to humans (zoonoses) and vice versa, and risk of injury from the animal – eg. biting, mauling, scratches. Impact injuries such as crushing, bruising and fractures from larger animals.
Other factors may influence the potential risk for injury such as the predatory nature of the animal, reactions of both humans and animals to fear, the natural group instinct of animals and hierarchical behaviour and the fact that some animals are built to kill or injure other animals.
It is important for employees to be aware of these risks as well as the fact that these risks change with age, sex, grouping behaviour and sexual maturity of certain animals. Employees should be properly trained in how to work and handle animals (when necessary) and zoo keepers should always have relevant experience for working with different animals. There are specific guidelines for working with large and dangerous animals such as elephants, large cats and snakes as they pose the greatest risk. Many countries have strict guidelines for working with different animals. The United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE), for example, has identified categories of risk for certain animals. These categories are linked with specific procedures and guidelines. The UK categories are:
- Greater risk (Category 1): contact is likely to result in serious injury or threat to life (eg. large carnivores, primates and venomous snakes)
- Less risk (Category 2): where contact may result in injury/illness but would not be life threatening (eg. medium-sized mammals/primates and some bird species, including birds of prey)
- Least risk (Category 3): includes those animals not listed above (eg. smaller mammals, birds and some reptiles and amphibians).
Zoo employees need to be aware that research on behaviour of all animals kept in zoos is not comprehensive and that risk assessment principles should be adopted before handling animals.
The HS recommends that UK zoos adopt a non-contact policy for those animals in category 1. Of course this is not always possible and there are exceptional circumstances where risk is minimised do the age of the animal, contact is necessary for veterinary reasons, the animal is under anaesthetic or the animal is in a controlled situation (such as a crush cage). Again, it is worthwhile researching the categories of risk for animals in your own country or region.
Moving Animals within a Zoo
This can be one of the most hazardous operations within a zoo. Moving animals requires experienced staff, careful planning and an accurate identification of potential hazards. Both the animal’s welfare and the safety of staff are major concerns when relocating animals. If possible, staff should avoid manual handling of the animal. If this is not possible, this should be kept to a minimum and be carried out by appropriately trained and experienced staff.
Consideration should also be given to the type of equipment required such as suitable lifting equipment, crates or cages that may be needed and vehicles to be used (if any). These should all be inspected prior to moving for any potential risks or maintenance issues.
Each animal species will require a different form of restraint to ensure the safety of both the zoo staff and the animal. Below are a few examples of restraints used for some animals.
- Snakes - chemical restraint is often used for restraining snakes. Zoo and veterinary staff need to be careful when choosing which chemical restraint as some can have undesirable side effects (eg. respiratory depression or prolonged recovery).
- Giraffes – giraffes can be conditioned to use a chute or crush as a restraining technique. These need to be specifically designed for the physiology of the giraffe with additional restraining bars to restrict movement.
- Sea Lions –box cages are used to restrain sea lions. Staff can also use hearding boards and nets to move them to boxes. Senior staff regularly train sea lions to enter boxes. They may also use herding as a capture technique, but this is generally used as a last resort.
Zoos are required to ensure that animals (especially dangerous animals) are effectively contained so that risk of escape is low. Containment will generally take the form of an outer perimeter boundary of the entire zoo as well as enclosure boundaries which may include cages, tanks, pools, fences, walls, moats or ditched enclosures.
The legislation regarding enclosure design and size will again vary from country to country as well as within countries. Enclosures must be designed to ensure that animals cannot escape. Consideration must also be given to the hazards associated with these boundaries. Some of these include:
- Rescue equipment needs to be supplied for enclosures with moats or where visitors/staff may accidentally fall into an enclosure.
- Buffers need to be in place where there is risk of animals coming into contact with visitors through a barrier.
- The type of material used must be able to withstand repeated attacks by animals, adverse weather conditions, access for staff for cleaning or repair as well as visibility for safety and aesthetic reasons.
- Gates and doors need to be able to contain animals while allow free access by staff.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice