Keeper For a Day

A fun and informative program for those who are interested in animals and conservation!

Experience a full day working with your favorite animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo as an honorary zookeeper! You will have the unique opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes activities and assist zookeepers in their daily tasks of caring for the animals which include preparing food and enrichment, training animals, and cleaning.

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The Keeper for a Day program can accommodate up to two people per session on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must sign a liability waiver and provide proof of a negative tuberculosis test. Participants must register at least two weeks in advance.

To sign up, please contact Desiree Rogers: (805) 962-5339, ext. 151.

Encounters with animals are subject to change without prior notice.

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Ninos Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

$900 ($800 for SB Zoo Members)
Includes lunch

Please contact Hannah Kistner by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (805) 962-5339, ext. 148.

5.5 hours
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Offered on Thursdays.

Age Requirement
Ages 18 and older with proof of negative tuberculosis test.


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