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Zookeeper Apprentice Program

Learning Adventures

  • Mon-Fri8 AM–Noon
  • At the Zoo
  • $130/$150members/non-members

Ages 14-17

This is the first level in an exciting, four-part program for teens at Sedgwick County Zoo. All students will start in Level 1, learning about basic animal husbandry and the inner workings of a modern zoo during these two-week sessions.

ZAP students will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper by working alongside keepers in our Farms area and by spending time assisting with ZAP special programs each Friday.

This is a competitive program, where students are evaluated at the end of each session to determine eligibility in ZAP Level 2. If a student is 15 years or older, and has received a satisfactory score on their evaluation, they may enroll in ZAP Level 2 during the same year as long as there is space available. If students do not meet the age requirement to enroll in Level 2, they are welcome to enroll in additional Level 1 sessions.

Students with special needs are welcome. Contact the education department at 316-266-8213 for more information.

ZAP Sessions run Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – noon for two weeks.

ZAP Sessions

Registered students and a parent/guardian must attend an orientation before their scheduled session begins. Orientation classes will last 45 minutes and are scheduled for their following dates:



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