Wild about Wildlife: Have You Got What It Takes to Be a Zookeeper?

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Go behind the scenes of today’s hottest careers. You’ll discover what it takes to make it and how much fun the work can be! Do you think you’d like to: Get up close and personal with the natural world? Take care of sick or injured animals? Educate people about zoos and how they run? See animals born and watch them grow up Then being a zookeeper might be the job for you! In this book, find out what skills are needed for the job, what is in a day’s work, why we have zoos and how they help protect wildlife, amazing ...
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Overview

Go behind the scenes of today’s hottest careers. You’ll discover what it takes to make it and how much fun the work can be! Do you think you’d like to: Get up close and personal with the natural world? Take care of sick or injured animals? Educate people about zoos and how they run? See animals born and watch them grow up Then being a zookeeper might be the job for you! In this book, find out what skills are needed for the job, what is in a day’s work, why we have zoos and how they help protect wildlife, amazing facts about the animal kingdom, and where zoo keeping can take you —from working at a shelter, being a park ranger or an animal trainer, or looking after crocodiles or elephants in a zoo!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
Have You Got What It Takes to Be a Zookeeper? is one of the "On the Job" series of books that will appeal to young readers in grades five through seven who are interested in exploring careers. Divided into a number of short two-to-four-page sections, the text, which is written from the first-person point of view, is broken into small chunks with three to five small color photographs on each double-page spread. Daily on-the-job tasks and a timetable for a day's work are presented in the form of clipboard notes. There is a brief history of zoos, a section on how zoos help protect wildlife, and additional information about related jobs such as working at an animal shelter, being a park ranger or an animal trainer, or volunteering at the SPCA. The book contains an index, glossary and suggestions for obtaining more information both online and through other books. Since career exploration is important, books that examine a number of interesting fields in an informal and reader-friendly way are welcome. Other books in this series provide glimpses into the training and activities of an animator, a firefighter, an event planner, a chef, a personal trainer, a contractor, an auto technician, a marine biologist and a fashion designer. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- These books are great introductions for students to determine if a career is right for them. Liking animals might not be a good enough reason to become a zookeeper. Does the person have the stomach and back to clean cages, fix fences, feed, and care for wild animals? Readers may think that being a fashion designer only involves sketching pictures of clothes, but there is more to the business and promoting end of the field. Each title covers basic duties required for a specific career. Then a practitioner provides a journal of his or her normal day or week, including positives and negatives of the position. Suggestions for courses to take in high school and continuing education are given. Salaries of varying levels are given but a misprint in Zookeeper leaves readers hanging on the top earnings. Sharp full-color photos and facts appear throughout. To break up the routine a few puns are thrown, such as "I used to be a carpenter, but then I got bored." Solid titles for students doing career research.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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Table of Contents


Feeding Time at the Zoo     4
A Zookeeper's Job is Never Done     6
How I Became a Zookeeper     10
Saving Wild Animals     14
What the Zoos Do     18
Who's Who at the Zoo?     20
A History of Zoos     22
Eat This!     24
Zoo Menu     26
Food for Thought     28
Zoos Around the World     30
How Exciting!     32
Chimp Talk     34
Behind the Scenes     36
Kaya's Progress     38
The Tour     40
Practice Being an Animal Keeper Now     42
Follow These Steps to Become a Zookeeper     44
Find Out More     46
Glossary     47
Index     48
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