zoo·​keep·​er ˈzü-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce zookeeper (audio)
: one who maintains or cares for animals in a zoo

Examples of zookeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, beloved zookeeper Jack Hanna’s family is sharing an update on his condition. Sara Vallone, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 Zoo Miami also offers educational presentations, children's activities, character meet-and-greets, and zookeeper talks throughout the day. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2024 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with meet and greets, photo ops, readings, special animal enrichments, face painting, zookeeper chats, crafts, opening of Butterflies in Bloom, more. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Earlier this year, veterinarians and zookeepers fashioned a brace from a cotton swab for one of the zoo's female Peruvian jumping sticks. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Visitors can bring cards or pictures for Jameela and the zookeepers, according to the post. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Mar. 2024 The video shows the gorilla, Elmo, being released back into his enclosure at the Fort Worth Zoo, where two zookeepers were actively working. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 The zookeeper quickly looked for help and as Alaska Airlines flight attendant Amber May approached, the passenger made an unusual request. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Now, two years later, the former Oklahoma zookeeper is enlisting Kardashian Barker's sister's help through social media for an early prison release. Jay Stahl, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zookeeper was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Zookeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zookeeper. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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zoo·​keep·​er -ˌkē-pər How to pronounce zookeeper (audio)
: a person who keeps or cares for animals in a zoo
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