Animal Enclosure Designer

This is an exciting and growing field for anyone interested in creating a stimulating and enriching environment for captive animals. Creating a realistic and stimulating environment requires an understanding of the needs of particular wild species. It can look natural, but that doesn't mean that it's a stimulating environment. The key to successful design is creating a natural looking enclosure which also meets the requirements of the animal if it were in the wild. You will need to consider what the animal needs as well as making the enclosure visually appealing to visitors.

Skills that might help you towards a career in zoo design are:

  • landscape architecture
  • drawing/drafting
  • understanding of animal behaviour
  • experience in travel
  • understanding of the ecology of particular animals
  • presentation skills

Courses that could help you on your way are:

Landscape Construction

Certificate in Horticulture (Landscaping and Garden Design)

Natural Garden Design

Animal Behaviour

Certificate in Zoo Keeping

Vertebrate Zoology

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