National Zoo & Aquarium

Does your child love animals?


The Junior Zoo Keeper Program delves into the nitty gritty, and often dirty side of caring for animals. Developed for students with a keen interest in animals, Junior Zoo Keepers learn about enclosure design; animal enrichment & wellbeing; animal training & conditioning; breeding & conservation; the preparation of appropriate diets; and the clean up after feeding!

Activities vary depending on the needs of the zoo and animals, but may include:

  • Watching from an elevated platform while giraffes play with a toy you’ve made.
  • Seeing lemurs race out to eat the food you’ve freshly prepared.
  • Playing the training game with our fallow deer – or even your teammates!
  • Rubbing moisturising mud on a White Rhino.
  • Conducting water condition surveys throughout the zoo.
  • Identifying various plants and their value in animal diets.
  • Creating conservation displays to increase public awareness.
  • Digging into the history of animals, evolution and fossilised remains.
  • Feeling the vibrations of a big cat’s roar as it races to devour breakfast.
  • Hand feeding some of our cutest native animals.
  • Handling of various (friendly) reptiles


In addition to their regular sessions, Junior Zoo Keepers receive:

  • Unlimited entry to the zoo on presentation of their JZK membership card.
  • Free entry for an extra adult (or child) on our Conservation Celebration day. Held in July, our Conservation Celebration day invites family and friends to the zoo to share in their childrens’ newfound knowledge. Junior Zoo Keepers run stalls, present talks or create enrichment for their family & friends to enjoy with the animals.
  • Junior Zoo Keeper Night In. Held in March 2020, the Junior Zoo Keeper Night In offers participants the chance to see behind the scenes of the zoo as darkness falls. Primary Junior Zoo Keepers spend the evening exploring the zoo with experienced guides before heading home at 9:30 pm. While our Secondary Junior Zoo Keepers get to experience the thrill of falling asleep to the sounds of the zoo and waking up to the morning routine with keepers.


Important Booking Notes: When booking your start date please keep in mind that will become your regular session time for the duration of the year. For example, if you book Saturday 8:30am-11:30am you will be in the Saturday morning session on the dates listed on the itinerary (in the pictures), for the rest of the year. Time changes apply for the Conservation Celebration Day and the Sleepover and are listed on the itinerary.

Restrictions – and things you need to know before booking

•Session Dates for 2020 – Primary  •Session Dates for 2020 – High School

Resources for currently enrolled Junior Zookeepers

JZK Contract                              JZK Indemnity Form

To book individual sessions check out our Kids Keeper for a Day program.
For feeding tours the whole family can enjoy check out our Family Tour or Zooventure Tour

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Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

We are open every day except Christmas day 9.30am until 5.00pm

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