Learn what it takes to work with animals

November 8, 2013 

Young participants in career day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium get a closer look at a Eurasian eagle owl being displayed by volunteer handler Jodie Edwards. This year’s career day will be held Saturday.


Students from around the South Sound can learn about animal-care job opportunities at Career Day at the Zoo on Saturday. Most activities and presentations will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

This day-long program at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will help students learn what it takes and what is involved in becoming a zookeeper, marine biologist or zoo veterinarian.

Zoo staff biologists will talk about their jobs, and participants will observe presentations on training and animal enrichment. Behind-the-scenes tours also will be offered, but space is limited. Students will have the chance to see special animal presentations, find out what zookeepers do to care for their animals and pick up free information.

Students in sixth grade through the university level will receive free admission to the zoo that day. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Advanced registration is not required, but students (including those with zoo memberships) must check in with Career Day staff before getting their tickets at the admissions window. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Bringing a completed check-in form that morning might expedite the admission process. The form is available at pdza.org/career-information.

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