zoo·​keep·​er | \ ˈzü-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of zookeeper

: one who maintains or cares for animals in a zoo

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The class also included a keeper talk and an hour long behind the scenes tour of areas that are normally closed to visitors like the zoo’s veterinary clinic and zookeeper areas. Kelsey Grey, idahostatesman, "Zoo Boise's penguins feature their artistic talents," 19 June 2018 Since the gorillas' deaths, Milwaukee zookeepers had been rearing Zahra 24 hours a day. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Zoo's baby gorilla was transferred to Columbus Zoo & Aquarium," 13 June 2018 Kruger and another zookeeper took Zahra to Columbus. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018 When feeding animals in Zoo Boise, zookeepers hide food in toys to encourage their natural behaviors. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Zoo Boise is about to get bigger and better. Meet the guy who will help make it happen. | Idaho Statesman," 13 May 2018 But today, zookeepers at Zoo Idaho in Pocatello had to contemplate how to get a wild animal out. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "Wild bear breaks into S. Idaho zoo, climbs tree to wait out Fish and Game officials," 3 July 2018 The zookeepers placed fake eggs in the flamingos’ nests to keep the parents from becoming upset about their disappearance. National Geographic, "What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?," 25 June 2018 The mountain lions were also ignoring the piles of hay and dung brought by zookeepers from other animal pens to give them something interesting to sniff. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland Zoo’s puma cubs get comfortable in their soon-to-open exhibit," 6 May 2018 Two zookeepers from Milwaukee accompanied Zahra to Columbus. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Zoo's baby gorilla was transferred to Columbus Zoo & Aquarium," 13 June 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of zookeeper

: a person who cares for animals in a zoo

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