Member - $50 per child

General - $67 per child

Experience what it's like to be a zookeeper!  During this non-stop, fun-filled afternoon, young Critter Keepers participate in all aspects of animal care including cleaning, distributing diets and preparing enrichment items for our animal collection.  Small class sizes allow us to offer an exclusive and personalized adventure where children experience the excitement, hard word and patience required to be a keeper and care for Zoo animals.  All Critter Keepers are outfitted with a t-shirt and water bottle.

 
 
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October: Rainforest Animals
Have you ever wondered how we keep rainforest animals happy and healthy in the desert?  Critter Keeper Rainforest Animals take place in the Zoo's Forest of Uco and is designed to support children in discovering answers to questions, while having incredible encounters with Zoo animals and within Zoo exhibits.  The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of "work."  The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for rainforest animals, including cleaning, measuring and distributing a portion of their diet and creating and delivering behavioral enrichment items.  Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper!
November:  Endangered Species

Can you help us care for the most endangered animal at the Zoo? Critter Keeper Endangered Species is focused on threatened and endangered species and is designed to support children in discovering answers to questions, while having incredible encounters with Zoo animals and within Zoo exhibits. The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of “work.” The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for some very special animals, including, delivering diet and creating and delivering behavioral enrichment items. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper! 

December:  Arizona Trail

Do you know what the coati’s favorite treat is? Have you ever been face-to-face with the fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere? Critter Keeper Arizona Trail  is designed to support children in discovering answers to questions, while having incredible encounters with Zoo animals and within Zoo exhibits. The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of “work.” The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for Arizona animals, including cleaning an animal’s exhibit, measuring and distributing a portion of their diet, creating and delivering behavioral enrichment items and witnessing a training session by one of our keepers. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper!

January:  Animal Trainers

Have you ever wondered how zookeepers train the amazing animals that you’ve seen in our show? Have you ever wondered where all of the Zoo’s programs animals live? Critter Keeper Show Animals is focused on the Zoo’s show animals and is designed to support children in discovering answers to questions, while having incredible encounters with Zoo animals and within Zoo exhibits. The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of “work.” The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for show animals, including preparing animal diets, observing animal training and husbandry and touring the behind-the-scenes home of our programs animals. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper!

February:  Children's Trail

How do we care for animals in a multi-species exhibit? What is a gibbon’s favorite type of enrichment?? Critter Keeper Children’s Trail is designed to support children in discovering answers to questions, while having incredible encounters with Zoo animals and within Zoo exhibits. The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of “work.” The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for some very fun zoo animals, including cleaning an animal enclosure, making and delivering behavioral enrichment. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper!

March:  Reptiles

Does a snake feel different than a lizard? How can you tell a turtle and a tortoise apart? Critter Keeper Reptiles is designed to support children in discovering answers to questions, while having incredible encounters with Zoo animals and within Zoo exhibits. The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of “work.” The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for these radical animals, including cleaning an animal enclosure with the animal still inside, learning techniques to properly handle a Zoo animal and feeding a giant reptile. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper!

April:  Farm Animals and Horses

The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of “work.” The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for farm animals, including feeding animals, providing behavioral enrichment, observing animal training and husbandry and touring the behind-the-scenes home of our farm animals. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper!

May:  Savanna Animals

What is one of the smartest animals on the savanna? Where do the giraffes go every night to sleep? Critter Keeper Savanna Animals is focused on the animals that call our savanna exhibit home and designed to support children in discovering answers to questions, while having incredible encounters with Zoo animals and within Zoo exhibits. The non-stop program parallels the daily schedule of a zookeeper and begins when children meet their instructor on the bridge and walk to a Zoo classroom to get outfitted and briefed for their day of “work.” The small group of future animal caretakers moves right into all aspects of caring for savanna animals, including visiting the commissary and preparing animal diets, cleaning the giraffe’s night house, meeting a very smart savanna animal up-close and delivering behavioral enrichment. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about the fun, challenging and always entertaining job of a zookeeper!