Program Details

Work closely with a zookeeper behind the scenes at Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary in South Africa as you build your knowledge and understanding of the anatomy, handling, medical needs in captivity, behavior, and conservation of animals at the park.
Location:
Midrand, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The two-week South Africa Zookeeper Training program is based at Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary in South Africa. Lory Park is one of only six zoos in Africa accredited by the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria, with a focus on education and conservation. Your program will focus on understanding the anatomy, handling, medical needs in captivity, behavior, and conservation of six main groups of animals at the park: birds of prey, reptiles, big cats, small cats, cubs, and primates. Your work with and coursework about these animals will be led by a zookeeper. In addition, we will spend a weekend on safari in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, one of the largest in South Africa and home to elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalo, lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and hundreds of other species.

Highlights:

  • Two-day safari in Pilanesberg reserve to spot elephants, giraffes, and more!
  • Study big cats such as white and tawny lions, Siberian tiger, pumas, and leopards
  • Assist the zoo vet team in providing care such as vaccinations and deworming
  • Visit community schools as part of zoo education and outreach program
  • Participate in training, feeding, and upkeep of cubs
  • Support enrichments and training for primates, including gibbons and lemurs
  • Do research on small cats (black-footed cats)
Setting Description:
During this program, we will live on the grounds of the Lory Park Zoo. Housing is in dorm-style rooms, and you will share rooms with other Loop students of the same gender. Bathrooms are shared. Students are not permitted to leave the grounds of the zoo except when we travel off-site as a group. Free wi-fi is available throughout the zoo grounds.
Cost:
All-inclusive, less airfare.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
The program is open to anyone age 18+. This program is ideal for students and young adults who are interested in careers working in the fields of wildlife conservation and zoo management.
Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Need-based scholarships and aid are available. Details can be found on our website or by contacting us for more information.

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