Being an Australian Wildlife Parks❜ Zookeeper for a Day: What The Kids Say!

Australian Wildlife Parks is the parent group behind a beloved trio of much-loved animal attractions across NSW that showcase a diverse collection of creatures from all over the world. Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mogo Wildlife Park and Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, collectively boast Australia’s biggest private collection of animals.

Australian Wildlife Parks are known for their ‘Animals Always Come First’ philosophy, delivering world-class care to their family of animals, while upholding their commitment to get you close and personal to your favourite furry friends! Visitors have the unique opportunity to engage and interact with the incredible wildlife more closely than anywhere else, with intimate encounters, hand feeding and walk-through yards.

Three Wonderful Wildlife Parks

Koala at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park
Meet the largest collection of koalas in NSW!


Each of the Australian Wildlife Parks offers its own sense of wonder. If a school holiday road trip to one of NSW's most beautiful regional destinations is on the agenda, Mogo Wildlife Park on the beautiful NSW South Coast is the place to discover Australia's largest collection of endangered and exotic species, with an African Savannah, Primate Island and Cat Colony.

If you're heading north to the stunning wine region, Hunter Valley Wildlife Park is a must-see attraction with a collection of exotic mammals, primates, birds and reptiles from across the globe.

For Sydneysiders, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park is a landmark destination dedicated exclusively to native animals with more than 2,000 iconic creatures, including the world’s largest collection of Australian wildlife and the largest brood of koalas in NSW.

As well as their extraordinary up-close encounters and relaxed, natural environment, all three parks have another thing in common - their popular Zookeeper for a Day school holiday program. Young animal lovers will love getting VIP access to explore the park, enter animal enclosures and experience a day in the life of a real zookeeper.

What is Zookeeper for a Day?

Zookeeper For A Day Australian Wildlife Parks
The Zookeeper for a Day Program is fully supervised by qualified keepers.


The Zookeeper for a Day school holiday program is an animal lover's wildest dream come true! Kids love coming face to face with some of the world’s most impressive animals in a range of diverse activities accompanied by Featherdale's keepers and education officers. Little keepers will learn about the specific needs of animals, find out about the parks’ enrichment programs and projects and make friends with a variety of wildlife.

Zookeeper for a Day programs run throughout the school holidays with three different sessions to choose from:

  • Junior Zookeeper for a Day (Ages 8-13)
  • TEEN Zookeeper for a Day (Ages 12-16)
  • Inclusive Zookeeper for a Day (Ages 8-13)

All budding Zookeepers receive a bunch of goodies with their ticket:

  • A Zookeeper for a Day shirt or jumper
  • A gift bag
  • FREE kids entry for their next visit
  • A Certificate of Completion

JULY KEEPER FOR A DAY DATES

WEEK 1 - Monday 4, Wednesday 6, Friday 8 July
WEEK 2 - Tuesday 12, Thursday14 July

Inclusive date for special needs children is Thursday 7 July 2022 at all 3 parks.

Bookings are available for children aged 8-11 years. Select spaces available so bookings essential

COSTS:

Mogo - $249
Featherdale - $199
Hunter Valley - $299

Being an Australian Wildlife Parks❜ Zookeeper for a Day
Being an Australian Wildlife Parks' Zookeeper for a Day is a hands-on experience!

What do our Mini Zookeepers say?

We sent three intrepid mini Zookeepers out to each of the Australian Wildlife Parks to get a behind the scenes look at the Zookeeper for a Day program. Here’s the inside scoop on their personal encounters and the real experience behind this unique school holiday adventure.

Jordan Zookeeper Mogo Sydney Wildlife Park
Jordan was a Zookeeper for a Day at Mogo Sydney Wildlife Park.

Jordan H - Mogo Sydney Wildlife Park

ellaslist: What was the best thing about being a Zookeeper for a Day?
Jordan: The best thing about being a Zookeeper for a Day was definitely NOT shovelling poop! Haha, It was ok actually. But seriously, just being up close with all the animals and having a really cool expert to guide us around the zoo and teach us about them was awesome.

ellaslist: What makes this special compared to other school holiday programs?
Jordan: Zookeeper for a Day is different from other holiday programs because it lets you interact with animals that you wouldn’t usually be able to. You also get to learn cool facts about them and do some art and craft too, so it’s a bit of everything mixed into one exciting day.

ellaslist: What fun or fascinating things did you learn from being a Zookeeper for a Day?
Jordan: The most interesting part of being a Zookeeper for a Day was preparing the food for the animals. We had to create puzzles for the animals to actively work for their food like they would have to in the wild. It was then really fun watching the animals eat the food we made for them!

ellaslist: Did being a Zookeeper for a Day change the way you felt or thought about animals?
Jordan: Being Zookeeper for a Day really skyrocketed my curiosity and fascination with animals. I love learning, especially about animals, so being Zookeeper for a Day was perfect for me. I learnt so much but especially that we need to respect them and take care of them.

ellaslist: Why would other kids love doing the Zookeeper for a Day program?
Jordan: I think all kids should be a Zookeeper for a Day! Not only do they get a full day away from their parents, but they will also have lots of fun learning about the animals and doing all the activities, especially shovelling poo!

ellaslist: If the animals could talk to you, what would they say?
Jordan: I believe if the animals could talk they would say “Thank you for learning and caring about us!”

Find out more about being a Zookeeper for a Day at Mogo Sydney Wildlife Park.

Noah Zookeeper Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Noah A loved being a Zookeeper for a Day at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park.

Noah A - Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

ellaslist: What was the best thing about being a Zookeeper for a Day?
Noah: The best thing about Featherdale’s Zookeeper for a Day was the pinnacle of fun for my friends and me. We had many encounters with animals on our way. I’m so glad I got to experience this day with my friends too - we had a fantastic trip all around Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park. We all had an amazing time so I know that other kids would have a great time too!

ellaslist: What makes this special compared to other school holiday programs?
Noah: It is good because you get to see the animals, and a yummy lunch is included as well.

ellaslist: What fun or fascinating things did you learn from being a Zookeeper for a Day?
Noah: That koalas sleep because the eucalyptus leaves are actually not super nutritious for koalas and it takes a while to digest so the koala sleeps a long time.

ellaslist: Did being a Zookeeper for a Day change how you felt or thought about animals?
Noah: Made me feel less scared of animals and encouraged me to care more about looking after them.

ellaslist: Why would other kids love doing the Zookeeper for a Day program?
Noah: Because it’s important that kids understand that zookeepers work really hard to care for animals, and it’s kids' responsibility to take over caring for animals when we grow up.

ellaslist: If the animals could talk to you, what would they say?
Noah: It's so important that you learn more about us so we can be protected in the future.

Find out more about being a Zookeeper for a Day at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park.

Hunter Valley Zookeeper Review
Jenny X  became a Zookeeper for a Day at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park.

Caitlin H - Hunter Valley Wildlife Park

ellaslist: What was the best thing about being a Zookeeper for a Day?
Jenny: I was able to see all of the animals and some of the private behind the scenes areas.

ellaslist: What makes this special compared to other school holiday programs?
Jenny: You get to experience daily life with the animals and get up close to them. The group wasn’t too big either so it felt more personal.

ellaslist: What fun or fascinating things did you learn from being a Zookeeper for a Day?
Jenny: I learnt that some meerkats are more aggressive than others, that giraffes don’t really sleep outside but under a really, really tall warehouse. I learnt that Capybaras are giant rodents that snort so loud they can make you flinch!

ellaslist: Did being a Zookeeper for a Day change the way you felt or thought about animals?
Jenny: Yes I realised they are all different and need different care. I love animals so it just made me love them more!

ellaslist: Why would other kids love doing the Zookeeper for a Day program?
Jenny: It’s really fun as you can go into some of the cages and watch some animals from outside the cages. You get to experience what a zookeeper does in their daily job/routines. If you’re an animal lover you will adore it!

ellaslist: If the animals could talk to you, what would they say?
Jenny: Hello fabulous humans! Thank you for caring for us, we really love you!

Find out more about being a Zookeeper for a Day at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park.

Would your child love to experience a day in the life of a real zookeeper? Book now for the July school holidays!

More Fun at Australian Wildlife Parks

ellaslist Review: Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park - Calling all Party Animals!
ellaslist Review: Getting Up Close To the Animals At Hunter Valley Wildlife Park
New Wildlife Park Offers: Save at Featherdale, MOGO and Hunter Valley Wildlife Parks

Have you signed up for our newsletter? Join ellaslist to get the best family and kid-friendly events, venues, classes and things to do NEAR YOU!

 

Reviews