Zookeeper Experience: Career Shadowing at Denver Zoo

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a zookeeper? During this Zoo Keeper Experience, participants will spend a morning with a zookeeper from our animal ambassador team and learn what it takes to work in an animal care career.

Dates & times

Limited availability –  we only schedule one Zookeeper Experience per day.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


$150 (Zoo admission is included) Scholarships are available

Program Information

During the experience, participants will try their hand at zookeeper responsibilities by participating in two or more of the following activities:

  • Preparing animal diets
  • Helping to weigh and care for animals
  • Taking part in animal training
  • Assisting with animal demonstrations or shows
  • And of course, everyone’s favorite - cleaning!

Zookeeper Experiences are SOLD OUT for 2020.



Animal lovers ages 9-18 with a passion to learn about careers working with animals. This is your chance to delve right in and see what a Zookeeper’s day is really like!


Closed-toed shoes, a comfortable shirt, and pants or shorts. Dress for the weather! Portions of our program may be held outside even in inclement weather. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, as being a zookeeper can get messy and there is a lot of cleaning.


A water bottle, your confirmation sheet and your camera (photo opportunities will be provided).
Please note: The focus of the program is an in-depth exploration of a zookeeper’s job; limited direct contact with live animals will be involved. 


A cancellation fee of 50 percent will be charged for cancelling with less than two weeks notice. A cancellation fee of 100 percent will be charged for a missed program.