By Mark D. Irwin, John B. Stoner, Aaron M. Cobaugh

As species extinction, environmental security, animal rights, and place of work issues of safety come to the fore, zoos and aquariums want keepers who've the technical services and clinical wisdom to maintain animals fit, teach the general public, and create nearby, nationwide, and worldwide conservation and administration groups. This textbook bargains a complete and functional assessment of the career aimed at new animal keepers and an individual who wishes a foundational account of the themes most crucial to the daily care of zoo and aquarium animals. the 3 editors, all skilled in zoo animal care and administration, have prepare a cohesive and broad-ranging publication that tackles each one of its matters rigorously and punctiliously. The contributions hide expert zookeeping, evolution of zoos, office safeguard, animal administration, taxon-specific animal husbandry, animal habit, veterinary care, public schooling and outreach, and conservation technology. utilizing the most recent strategies and learn accrued from world wide, Zookeeping is a revolutionary textbook that seeks to advertise consistency and the top criteria inside of international zoo and aquarium operations.

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THE WRITTEN WORD There is a lot that keepers should consider writing about. This may include personal notes for future reference or communication to others to share ideas or experiences. Writing may be intended to inquire, to inform, or to persuade. These are three basic forms of written communication that apply to keepers. Writing is really not all that difficult, especially in this day and age, with computers and spell checking. With a few basic guidelines, keepers can effectively use this medium to express themselves.

Information overload can become a serious problem in zoos, with every department sending everything to everybody. E-mail can be an effective tool for communication, but keepers must remember to use it properly. It shouldn’t be used in a “machine gun” manner, with frivolous messages sent in rapid succession, or to forward non–work-related messages. It should be used selectively. Due to its high potential for misinterpretation and sometimes impersonal feel, it should not be used as a means of communicating sensitive or complicated messages.

CLIMBING THE LADDER The decision to further one’s career in a different division of the institution—as a supervisor, administrator, or educator—may be a difficult one. Many keepers find it hard to separate themselves from the daily work of animal care. For the individual who wants to become a supervisor yet remain involved in animal care at a certain level, positions such as lead or assistant animal supervisor, head keeper, or animal care supervisor are good choices. Higher positions, such as curators and director, relate to management and business.

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