Calling all little animal lovers. Sydney Zoo is giving five lucky kids the job of a lifetime – to be a Mini Zookeeper.

Sydney Zoo is a brand new zoo, opening early next year and it is calling on children to put their paws up
to play a starring role in the launch of the zoo, travelling around the world to meet the new animal residents and bringing them home to Western Sydney.

Who Can Apply

The coveted Mini Zookeeper positions are open to children aged 5 to 12 who have a passion for creatures big and small, and are wildly enthusiastic about learning. The top five applicants will become the mini-faces of Sydney Zoo, with unlimited access to Sydney’s best new zoo.

The first zoo to be built in Sydney in over 100 years, Sydney Zoo will be a world-class facility that redefines the visitor experience. With safari-like landscapes and cutting-edge technology for animal welfare, Sydney Zoo is set to become Australia’s most modern and progressive zoo, located in Western Sydney’s Bungarribee Park.

Set to become one of Australia’s major family attractions, the zoo will exhibit a wide range of iconic animal species. By using modern exhibit design, advanced behavioural enrichment methods, technology, water features and elevated boardwalks Sydney Zoo will offer the highest standards of animal welfare, while offering an immersive, safari-like experience for visitors.

This initiative reinforces Sydney Zoo’s commitment to education and animal welfare, with each Mini Zookeeper playing an important role in making the Zoo a safe and happy new home for its animals.

Managing Director of Sydney Zoo, Jake Burgess, says “Sydney Zoo will open its doors in early 2019 and become one of the most significant attractions in Western Sydney. We are excited to find five Mini Zookeepers who share our passion for animals and give them a once in a lifetime opportunity join us as we bring animals from around the world to their new home at Sydney Zoo.”

Apply Now

Applications for Sydney Zoo’s Mini Zookeepers are now open. For more information or to apply, please visit www.sydneyzoo.com.

Do your kids love animals? Would they be perfect for this exciting role? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • I am sure it is a dream for children and adults to be zoo keepers – delightful!


  • My younger children would love this, a pity we are so far away. Good luck to those that win.


  • It sounds amazing I look forward to seeing this zoo one day and how lucky for those kids, what a great opportunity.


  • What an amazing opportunity. My niece wants to be a Wildlife Warrior when shes older. She did submit an entry. I have my fingers crossed for her.


  • WOW, my boys would love to be part of this. They live and breath biology, my husband would love this too, although he works in Commerce, he actually has a biology degree (with 1 subject away from Zoology). ( think I will have to talk to all of my boys (little and big alike) to apply for this one.


  • What kids don’t love animals?! I’ll be very jealous of whoever wins this opportunity


  • Will the new zoo be similar to the Dubbo Zoo, which is free range in huge allocated areas,??


  • OMG we are totally entering this awesome comp!


  • What a great opportunity for some young animal lovers. I know a few big boys who would have loved this during their childhood.


  • What an adventure for young animal lovers. It would be a wonderful experience for them


  • How exciting for Sydneysiders, good luck.


  • Aw my 8 year old would love this. She suffers a disorder due to the neglect she endured the first 3,5 years in her life and something positive like this would really give her a boost !She loves animals and is super smart.


  • We live in Melbourne so no good for us, unfortunately, since all four of my children love animals of all sorts.


  • Yes I think it would be great the more competition the better but I would like the Australian farmers to get a better price for there products eg milk meat cheese etc


  • My boy would absolutely love this and it’s be right up his alley. Loves animals BIG and small always trying to help injured wildlife. Such a pity we live in FNQ.


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