Keepers are responsible for the wellbeing of a group of animals in their care. The type of animal and range of duties depends on what section of Perth Zoo they work in.
As an example, a Keeper working with Perth Zoo’s Australian Fauna section would have the following duties:
- provides general care and husbandry and monitors the health of Australian Mammals, Reptiles and Birds and reports any problems to the supervisor
- prepares appropriate food for a wide range of species in accordance with established diets, feeding schedules and procedures
- ensures that animal exhibits are clean and safe and assists in refurbishing and landscaping
- captures, restrains and handles a wide range of species as required
- assists Veterinary Department staff with the administration of medication and testing of animals
- assists with research projects and data collection
- provides an education and information service to the public on the Zoo’s activities
- maintains exhibit and animal records and provide reports
- participates in effective human resource management, Equal Employment Opportunity and Occupational Health Welfare and Safety guidelines and policies.