Keeper for a Day

Keeper for a Day is an exciting program at Zoo Atlanta that gives teens and adults a firsthand look at working in a zoo. Come spend the day helping zookeepers with their daily routines of food preparation, cleaning and animal care. Don’t miss your chance to bathe an elephant, meet a lion, or feed a kangaroo! Whether you're considering a career in zookeeping or have always wanted to spend some time with your favorite animal, this exclusive behind-the-scenes program is a once in a lifetime experience.

Participants can choose from three program options:

Show Birds and Animal Ambassadors
Come meet dozens of birds, reptiles and mammals! Spend the morning with our amazing program animals. These animal ambassadors spend their days going out on educational programs to meet and teach guests about the importance of their species. In the afternoon, you will get to go behind-the-scenes and assist with the presentation of our Wildlife Theater show! Learn how we make the magic happen. You'll also get to watch while our pied crow makes you a one-of-a-kind painting to take home! Get up-close-and-personal with everything from alligators and hedgehogs to birds of prey and parrots. Program runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Upcoming dates: Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 25

Elephants and Carnivores
Spend the day with some of the Zoo’s most unique residents – elephants, tigers, bears and more! Program runs from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Upcoming dates: Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5 

Birds and Reptiles
Hang out all morning with the Zoo’s fine, feathered, flyers! Then venture over to spend some time with our friendly reptiles, including Aldabra tortoise and many more. Program runs from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Upcoming dates: May 16, Jun 20, Jul 18

Program Information

  • Programs are offered on Saturdays year-round.
  • Participants must be at least 14 years old.
  • Registration is required at least one week in advance of program date and full payment must be made at time of registration.
  • Due to the hands-on nature of this program, group size is limited to 2 participants per session.

Programs involving the Zoo’s animal collection are subject to change; therefore, we cannot guarantee you will work with specific animals during the program.

Keeper for a Day cost per person




Cost includes Keeper for a Day behind-the-scenes activities, Zoo admission, lunch and a t-shirt.

Click "Register Online" button to see additional dates.

Keeper for a Day Gift Certificate
Give the adventure of lifelong learning. Here’s an idea we can promise won’t be re-gifted: give a certificate for one of Zoo Atlanta’s award-winning education programs! You may also purchase gift certificates in $25 increments up to $100. Program restrictions apply.

All About Keeper for a Day

What should I wear?
During the program, you will be inside and outside. Please dress comfortably for the day and appropriately for the weather. Programs will take place rain or shine. A t-shirt and nametag will be provided for participants to wear during the program. Participants must wear both of these items during the program. Participants will have time to change before the start of the program. Participants can wear a long-sleeved shirt under the t-shirt if the outside temperature is cold.

Please wear khakis or jeans. Shorts are allowed during summer months. Wear comfortable shoes that are close-toed such as tennis shoes or work boots. Old shoes are best since you will get dirty. Flip-flops and sandals should not be worn, as they will prevent participants from entering the behind-the-scenes areas that are part of the program.  

What do I need to bring?
Plan to bring a water bottle and a morning snack if you will get hungry before lunch. Lunch will be provided as part of the program. Participants with dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Also wear or bring bug spray and sunscreen in the spring, summer, and fall months.

May I bring a camera?
Sure! Bring your digital or film camera and take memorable pictures of your experience! (Video cameras are not allowed.)

What should I know about working with the animals?
Although our animals are trained to work with their human caregivers, they are still wild animals and their behavior is unpredictable. It is important that you pay close attention to the guidance and instructions of Zoo staff. Never enter any animal area without direction from the keeper. Always wait for instructions and authorization from the keepers before approaching any of the animals while participating in training and feeding sessions. You must avoid touching the animals unless instructed to touch by the keepers. In addition, please note that participants who work around carnivores will be exposed to raw meat.

Are there any restrictions to participating?
Due to animal health and safety regulations, guests who have been outside of the United States or outside of Canada within the (10) days prior to the program will not be allowed to participate. Guests are expected to follow all rules and instructions of Zoo staff. Anyone not following instructions may be asked to leave the program without refund. Please note that behind-the-scenes areas are not handicapped accessible.

Call 404.624.5822 or email for more information.

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