Think you want to be a Zoo Keeper? Then this is for you.

Keeper for a Day at Healesville Sanctuary is designed as a careers program for secondary school students from years 7-12. We joined the program and followed a group of students as they went behind the scenes at Australia’s most popular wildlife attraction. We were quite impressed by the enthusiasm of the group we spent the day with. Watch the video to find out more.

Of all the choices we have to make in life, choosing a career path has to top the list as the most important and difficult. The aim of this program is to give students a feel for what’s involved in the everyday life of a zoo keeper. At Healesville Sanctuary this means working with native Australian animals. It’s a full day of activity that includes enclosure maintenance, animal health checks, egg making (plaster eggs used in the birds of prey show), animal enrichment, keeper talks, food preparation and animal handling.

Numbers are limited, so if you want to participate in this program we suggest that you book well in advance.

Note: there are four of these sessions being run soon in late June/early July, so get booking!


Address: Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777

Sanctuary Ph: (03) 5957 2800

Booking Ph: 1300 966 784


Total cost for the course is $115, and $103.50 for zoo members.

As the course runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm, this is fantastic value for money!

Healesville Sanctuary Monitor Lizard
Healesville Sanctuary Echidna
Healesville Sanctuary Birds of Prey