Job type

Zoo curator

£28k - £50k

Typical salary

37 – 48

Hours per week

Zoo curators oversee collections of animals held in zoos, managing staff, conservation work, and ensuring safety and wellbeing.

More info

  • Exciting work managing and conserving collections of animals in zoos and wildlife parks
  • You'll need excellent scientific knowledge along with good people and organising skills
  • Hours can be long and varied as animals need care 365 days a year

An exciting role for someone with a passion for animals and conservation, being a zoo curator enables you to spend time with animals in zoo collections and to work on their conservation and care.


  • Plan and manage the numbers and variety of animals in the collection
  • Plan breeding programmes and exchanges with other zoos and collections
  • Develop conservation programmes
  • Oversee teams of staff and budgets
  • Ensure that animal health and welfare standards are met
  • Oversee health and safety for visitors and staff
  • Develop visitor experience and public education programmes
  • Manage budgets


You may need to work unusual hours and shifts to ensure all animals are cared for 24/7, and you may have opportunities to travel to visit other collections or conservation projects.

You'll need

Most zoo curators will have a degree in zoology or another relevant subject like biological science, but there may also be opportunities to work your way up or study while you work in a more junior role within zookeeping.

Many curators will start out in animal care roles within a zoo or wildlife park and work their way up into curator positions. Starting out by volunteering at a zoo, wildlife park, or for an animal or conservation charity is a good way to gain some experience, build your CV, and find out if this role is for you.


Zoo curators might work with a specialist group of animals like mammals, reptiles, or birds, within a zoo collection or they might have a management role overseeing the whole collection.