• Schools Education
  • Students Research
  • Zoo or Aquarium
  • BIAZA Membership
  • Corporate Membership
Nov 30, 2009

Be a Junior Keeper

Be a junior keeper from SWEP Newquay Zoo 
Be a Junior Keeper – experience days for 8 to 14 year olds 

Junior Keeper days were established to provide a junior version of our popular adult Keeper for A Day (only available to 15 and over ). It has also attracted those interested in animal careers, who are too young for existing work experience schemes. It also provides an individual or personal alternative to adoptions or birthday parties at the zoo.

The day focuses on giving the young person (8-14) a taste of the work of a zoo keeper and zoo life in a personalised tour, accompanied by a parent or guardian. It gives the Junior Keeper an opportunity to spend individual time with keepers and education staff and prepare enrichment feeders. They also see safely ‘behind the scenes’ in the Tropical House.

Since launching in late 2007, Junior Keeper has proved a popular gift and is successfully booked most weekends and holiday days. Repeat bookings have already taken place. It has attracted both local interest and been booked by holiday visitors through the zoo website. Junior Keeper provides valuable additional income to the Education department.

A summative evaluation study (attached) carried out in August 2009 revealed a high level of satisfaction with the scheme (Evaluation, Fig. 4) and successful achievement of the scheme’s outcomes for engaging visitors with the work of the zoo, as set out in our zoo mission statement (Fig. 2 and 3a). The active elements of the day were most highly rated overall (evaluation, Fig.1) 

Developed by:  SWEP Newquay Zoo  

Text size A A A

T +44 (0) 20 7449 6599
E admin@biaza.org.uk

Paignton Zoo's Great Big Rhino Project has made crucial donations of cash to wildlife conservation on two continents. The Project is to give £60,000 to support work in Africa and South East Asia to protect rhinos in the wild. More

Collaborative research by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Bristol Zoological Society and the Comorian NGO Dahari has revealed the Livingstone’s fruit bat is likely to be the most endangered fruit bat in the world. 


New data released by WWF and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) today reveals that overall global vertebrate populations are on course to decline by an average of 67 per cent from 1970 levels by the end of this decade, unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact on species and ecosystems.


Bookmark and Share