animal facility manager


Animal facility managers coordinate and plan all activities of a zoo. They formulate policies, manage daily operations, and plan the use of materials and human resources. They are the driving force and public face of their institution. This often involves representing their institution on  a national, regional and global scale and taking part in coordinated zoo activities.

Scope notes

Excludes people working in animal research facilities.

Alternative label

  • aquarium chief operating officer

  • zoo COO

  • zoo managing director

  • zoo chief operating officer

  • aquarium COO

  • aquarium CEO

  • aquarium managing director

  • zoo CEO

  • aquarium chief executive officer

  • zoo chief executive officer

Regulatory aspect

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