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Behind the scenes at a zoo can be wild and crazy!  Join Jen to find out what it takes to be a zookeeper – hint:  sometimes you have to clean up poop.

Have you ever gone to the zoo and wondered who is taking care of all of the animals? Someone has to feed them, clean up their enclosures and even train them for check-ups. In this episode, our host Jen meets three zookeepers and learns about the different skills, education and science behind a career taking care of amazing animals. 

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Discussion Questions

  • What are some ways that you use your senses every day?
  • How do you take care of your body to stay healthy?
  • What foods are part of your diet?
  • What questions would you ask a zookeeper?
  • Do you like animals? Why or why not?
  • What part of a zookeeper’s job looks hard? Fun? Messy? Smelly?
  • What animals make good pets? Not so good pets?
  • What are some ways that you can help protect animal habitats?

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