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 label

  • 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

  • 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: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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