Keeper for a Day

Register Are you a middle school, high school or college student thinking about a career with animals? Are you a working adult wondering what it would be like to have a career with animals? If so, the Keeper for a Day program at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is for you. Similar to a job shadowing program, participants will spend the day with animal professionals in the Zoo's Conservation Education Division for a one-of-a-kind experience.


  • Your day will include hands-on activities working directly with the animals such as preparing their meals, cleaning enclosures, conducting training exercises and providing them with enrichment items to stimulate them both mentally and physically.

  • If your visit falls in the months of June through August, your day will include assisting with Get Close animal programs at the Ballarat Theatre in Australian Adventure and watching Professor Wylde's Animal Show from backstage at the Savanna Theater.

  • This exciting program runs year-round.

  • For programs occuring before December 31, 2018, the cost is $250.  Programs occuring after January 1, 2019 cost $251.  Only one participant will be scheduled per day.

  • Program length will be five hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • The minimum age for the program is 12 years old.


This exciting program runs year-round.

Program length will be five hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Through December 31, 2018:  $250
Beginning January 1, 2019:  $251

Only one participant per day.