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One of a Kind Training and Education
Cat Tales Zoological Training Center is an internationally recognized, licensed vocational school. The Zookeeper Training Programs are one of a kind in its practical instruction and employable skills training. Cat Tales offers a yearlong program divided into two areas of instruction and applied skills. As a student of zoological studies, you will be exposed to the principals that define zookeeping, public relations, leadership and management as well as detailed education regarding the science and care of living beings.
Your instruction will begin with learningIntroduction to Zookeeping and Zoo Public Relations, the first half of our program. Students will learn through classes, workshops, and practical training, basic husbandry and management of zoo animals, using the animals located at the Zoo for illustration of technique. This includes; safety and emergency protocol, cleaning and maintenance of exhibit and holding areas, sanitation, nutrition, diet preparation, record keeping, behavior observation, back-up and lead zookeeping, and various government regulations. Also, various aspects of basic zoo operations including; public relations, fund raising, retail sales, public education, exhibit and grounds maintenance, construction and horticulture. This training is accomplished on the Zoo grounds. Afterwards you will directly begin education in Leadership in Zookeeping and Small Zoo Management, the second half of the program. Students are taught through classes, workshops, and vigorous training, professional animal care as a Senior Keeper. Using the animals located at the Zoo for illustration of technique, students will implement the training of specified animals in operant conditioning in protected and/or free contact. Other areas of instruction and implementation include; enrichment, field research, handling and training for television, movies and/or outreach; neonatal care, leash training, veterinary science and rehabilitation and release. Also, aspects of Small Zoo Management including; fund raising, public education and relations, staffing and scheduling, volunteer training, local, regional and federal regulations; licensing, inspections, acquisition and disposition of the animal collection, advanced record keeping, networking, inventory, and emergency protocol.
All graduates receive a certificate of Professional Zookeeper, and leave with an education that offers them dozens of open doors within the zoological and animal rescue community.