Discover BIG KIDS 2 KEEPER. For aspiring zoo keepers to ENCOUNTER the wonders of wildlife!
The Australian Reptile Park’s Big Kids 2 Keeper program aims at providing an intense and very hands on experience for teenagers (aged 13-18 years) and involves as many aspects of zoo keeping that we can pack into one day!
The day begins with a general overview of the role and responsibilities of a Zoo Keeper, an outline of the day ahead, a behind the scenes tour of the park and information about the animals the kids will be working with throughout the day.
Kids will be shown correct animal handling skills and will have the chance to handle animals such as snakes, lizards, frogs, alligators, birds and mammals.
They’ll learn many other aspects of zoo keeping such as hygiene routines, animal feeding, enclosure servicing, animal enrichment, enclosure design and the renovation/construction of current exhibit projects.
At the conclusion of the day and with the guidance and supervision of keepers, each participant will present an animal at the Keeper Kids show to the other students in the program and public visitors.
Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn on the day
The cost of Big Kids 2 Keeper day is $130.00 (Online booking fees apply) per child and includes Park entry, morning tea and lunch, and a Certificate of Completion.
- Our Big K2K programs only run throughout the school holidays
- Each Big Kids 2 Keeper day has very limited numbers and is capped at 16 teenagers per group, one group per day.
- A minimum of 6 participants must be booked for Big Kids 2 Keeper to go ahead. If there is less than 6 participants booked, Big Kids 2 Keeper may be postponed to a later date.