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The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)

A nonprofit organization consisting of animal care professionals and related persons dedicated to conservation, education, and professional animal care in zoos and aquariums. Our local Southern Ontario Chapter of AAZK has committed itself to making a difference by devoting its efforts to the conservation of wildlife and the professional development of its members, while providing the highest standards of animal care.

Why not check out our Toronto Zoo's Keeper For A Day Program and find out for yourself how incredible and rewarding this job can be!

The Toronto Zoo's Keeper For A Day Program is returning for another WILD year of animal know-how. What exactly does a zoo keeper do all day? Come work with us and find out!

Learn all about how Animal Keepers play an important role in animal conservation as well as animal feeding, nutrition, breeding and the chance to clean up after some of our amazing animals. Whether you're interested in animal care as a career or just want to have some fun, this program is worth all the sweat and smells.

Toronto Zoo Keeper For A Day Program Registration Fee (ages 14 years & up):

$250 For Zoo Members and
$300 Non-members

100% proceeds go towards conservation projects and professional development of Toronto Zoo Keepers!

Toronto Zoo Keeper For A Day Program Options:

Africa Savanna *
African Rainforest Pavilion *
Americas / Tundra Trek *
Australasia Pavilion
Canadian Domain
Eurasia (Giant Pandas not included)
Indo Malaya (indoor / outdoor areas) *
Outreach and Discovery (animal shows / kids zoo)

* (primate routines excluded)

Dates available for the 2016 season:

March – Wednesday the 16th
April – Wednesday the 13th
May – Wednesday the 18th
June – Wednesday the 15th and Saturday the 18th
July – Wednesday the 13th and Saturday the 16th
August – Wednesday the 17th and Saturday the 20th
September – Wednesday the 14th
October – Wednesday the 12th

Space is limited so book early!

Here's the process to booking your Keeper For A Day program:

  1. Choose your top 3 areas you would like to experience in order of preference. Please note that only one area will be selected. Your top choice is not guaranteed and may change without notice.

  2. Fill out the registration by clicking here.

  3. Send registration form via email preferably or fax or mail. Payment by credit card (AMEX/VISA or MASTERCARD) only.

  4. You will be sent an e-mail confirmation within 2 -3 weeks upon receipt of registration. The e-mail confirmation letter will contain detailed information about your Keeper For A Day program at the Toronto Zoo.

For any further questions please e-mail Toronto Zoo Keeper For A Day Coordinators at

The local Southern Ontario Chapter of AAZK is very dedicated to making a difference and as of 2010 its members have helped empower other organizations in their conservation efforts.

Marmot Recovery Foundation $1305.82
F.L.A.P $200
Cheetah Conservation Fund $729
Fauna Foundation $1000
C.A.B.A $8549
COTERC $1000
Sumatran Orang-utan Society $3180
Orangutan Outreach $277
Thicksons Woods $1800
EMA Conservation Fund $7977
International Elephant Foundation $1300
BOS Canada $1250
Asian Turtle Conservation Fund $600
Center for Great Apes $2800
Houston Zoo Conservation Fund $500
Caribbean Conservatiob Corp. $500
Cichlid Conservation $269.25
The Lion Tamarins of Brazil Fund $500
Denver Zoo Conservation Fund $1000
FLAP $500
Polar Bear International $500
Madagascar Fish Conservation-Keeper Field Work $2277
Pygmy Hog Conservation Program $277
Friends of the Lead-beater's Possum $277
Tapir Specialist Group Conservation $277
Northern Rangelands Trust $277
International Rhino Trust Foundation $277
Snow Leopard Trust $277

If you have any questions please send us an email at

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