zoo·​keep·​er | \ ˈzü-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce zookeeper (audio) \

Definition of zookeeper

: one who maintains or cares for animals in a zoo

Examples of zookeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most rides require tickets, but some activities, including chats with zookeepers, cost nothing: Perfect for Halloween is the focus on crocodiles and spiders at 11:45 a.m. Friday and Sunday, in the Regenstein African Journey area. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "15 things to do in the Chicago area with the kids Oct. 21-27," 20 Oct. 2019 Hear from zookeepers about the threats facing Belizean wildlife, and learn about their initiatives to reintroduce resident animals into the wild. National Geographic, "Belize Middle School Expedition," 30 Sep. 2019 Kayla was put on antibiotics, but because of her age, zookeepers wanted to make sure that there was nothing else wrong. BostonGlobe.com, "After zookeepers became worried about her health, a beloved lioness at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro received a police escort to an animal hospital Saturday to undergo medical tests, officials said.," 25 Nov. 2019 According to the Houston Zoo, the zookeepers give the animals special pumpkin treats throughout the fall and Halloween season, getting them into the popular snack trend. Cyndi Schramm, Houston Chronicle, "Smashing pumpkins: Elephants at Houston’s Zoo Boo stomp-out tasty treats from fall's favorite fruit," 23 Oct. 2019 There, his keeper will work with Chinese counterparts for a short time to help Bei Bei in his new home and help the zookeepers get to know the animal. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Peace out, panda! Why Bei Bei leaving the National Zoo hits so hard for so many," 19 Nov. 2019 Most working Michiganders who earn an hourly wage, from autoworkers to zookeepers, qualify for overtime pay — 150% of their basic wage — for any hours worked beyond 40 hours a week. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Can Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's OT plan help workers?," 2 Nov. 2019 On June 30, a night zookeeper noticed one of the two females had given birth to three babies. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baby rhinoceros vipers slither their way into the hearts of Milwaukee County zookeepers," 2 Oct. 2019 But while the behavior may have been normal, Cokinos never found any evidence the zookeepers tried to save the eggs and incubate, hatch and raise them. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "The last Carolina parakeet ever, lost in memory and now just lost," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of zookeeper

1886, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2020

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“Zookeeper.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zookeeper. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of zookeeper

: a person who takes care of the animals in a zoo


zoo·​keep·​er | \ ˈzü-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce zookeeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of zookeeper

: a person who cares for animals in a zoo

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