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zoo curator





Zoo curators are usually the position of middle-management within an institution. Much of their work involves oversight, management and development of the animal collection. Often this is related to animal husbandry and welfare policy, the acquisition and disposition of zoo animals, and development of new exhibits. Zoos normally acquire animals through captive breeding programs. The zoo collection, trade, and transport of the animals is regulated by government agencies as well as guided by zoo membership organisations. Consequently, zoo curators act as a liaison between these agencies and the zoo itself. Additionally, they play an active role in the administration of zoo functions and all kinds of captive breeding programs.

Alternative Labels

curator of reptiles

general curator

mammal curator

zoo collection curator

aquarium curator

collections supervisor

zoological curator

head of living collections

zoo general curator

curator of invertebrates

curator of herpetology

collection curator

zoo curator

curator of mammals

curator of ectotherms

zoo collection's supervisor

curator of living collections

Regulatory Aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:

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