Zookeeper Encounters

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Have you ever dreamed of being a zookeeper? Now is your chance to work alongside a zookeeper at Potter Park Zoo and learn what it takes to care for the animals every day. If you love animals big or small, scaly or furry, then we have an encounter for you.

  • Encounter times are limited; please give a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice for scheduling.
  • Not all encounters are fully accessible. Please contact Sarah Foote at (517) 342-2703 or sfoote@ingham.org if accommodations are necessary.
  • Once you have registered for your encounter you will be provided a detailed informational packet.
  • All participants, including adult chaperones, are required to complete a signed liability waiver. Payment and completed waivers are required at time of registration.
  • The cost of a zookeeper encounter includes zoo admission.

 

Zookeeper Encounters

Herp

Get ready to work with zookeepers in the reptile department as they feed our snakes and

care for a variety of other things that slither, hop, and crawl! You will assist with the

husbandry of these animals and get a chance to see constrictors in action. Though we do not feed live prey items, this is not the encounter for the squeamish.

  • Price: $175
  • Maximum number of participants: 2
  • Ages:Youth: 13-16 (Paid Adult Chaperone Required), Adults: 17+
  • Length of program: 1 hour

Wondering what to expect?

Expect to be on your feet throughout the entire encounter. You will be walking, bending, crouching, cleaning and carrying various items.

When is this encounter offered?

This encounter is available the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m.

All participants, including adult chaperones, are required to complete a signed liability waiver. The waiver must be completed at the time of registration. Payment is required at the time of registration as well. 

To register please contact Sarah Foote at sfoote@ingham.org or (517) 342-2703.

 

Big Cat

Lions, tigers, and snow leopards, oh my! Work with our zookeepers as they feed and provide enrichment for our big cats. You will get the chance to shadow as the zookeeper prepares the animal exhibits for the evening. You might even get to see the lions roar from just a few feet away.

 

  • Price: $175
  • Maximum number of participants: 1
  • Ages: Adults: 18+
  • Length of program: 1 hour

 

What can I expect?

Expect to be on your feet throughout the encounter. You will be walking, bending, crouching, cleaning and carrying various items.

When is this encounter offered?

This encounter is available everyday with the exception of Sunday and runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

All participants, including adult chaperones, are required to complete a signed liability waiver. The waiver must be completed at the time of registration. Payment is required at the time of registration as well. 

To register please contact Sarah Foote at sFoote@ingham.org or (517) 342-2703.

Otter & Arctic Fox

North American River otters are one of the most personable and curious animals out there! Come along as the zookeeper prepares their diets, feeds them, and provides enrichment. You may observe a training session as well. And don’t forget about the Arctic fox – you will meet them, too!

  • Price: $175
  • Maximum number of participants: 2
  • Ages: Youth: 13-16 (Paid Adult Chaperone Required), Adults: 17+
  • Length of program: 1 hour

What can I expect?

Expect to be on your feet throughout the whole encounter. You will be walking, bending, crouching, cleaning and carrying various items.

When is this encounter offered?

This encounter is available any day of the week from either 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. or 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

All participants, including adult chaperones, are required to complete a signed liability waiver. The waiver must be completed at the time of registration. Payment is required at the time of registration as well. 

To register please contact Sarah Foote at sFoote@ingham.org or (517) 342-2703.

Penguin

Come on in and meet the penguins as you assist the zookeepers with the penguins’ daily care! You will help to prepare the penguins’ morning meal of fish, aide keepers in feeding the penguins and recording consumption, clean the exhibit and holding room, and assist the keeper with any other penguin related tasks.

  • Price: $175
  • Maximum number of participants: 2
  • Ages: Youth: 13-16 (Paid Adult Chaperone Required), Adults: 17+
  • Length of program: 1 hour

What can I expect?

Expect to be on your feet throughout the whole encounter. You will be walking, bending, crouching, cleaning and carrying various items.

When is this encounter offered?

This encounter is available any day of the week from either 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. or 3:15-4:15.

All participants, including adult chaperones, are required to complete a signed liability waiver. The waiver must be completed at the time of registration. Payment is required at the time of registration as well. 

To register please contact Sarah Foote at sFoote@ingham.org or (517) 342-2703.