Pathways Zookeeper Program (NDIS 14+)

Pathways Zookeeper Program (NDIS 14+)

Become a Zookeeper for the day!

Next Available: Tue, 09 Apr 10:00AM (AEST)
5 hours 30 minutes


Running since 2019 and operating under Innovative Community Participation, the Pathways program was formed to give kids and young adults with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) an opportunity to learn the skills to become zoo keepers.

With a shared love of wildlife and nature, participants are able to get hands-on and learn how to feed, clean, handle, enrich, and care for native animals. The program also teaches valuable skills such as public speaking, presenting, effective communication and teamwork.

Since its inception, the Pathways Program has successfully assisted many participants, leading them on a journey of growth, improved well-being and the formation of life-long friendships.

In some cases, participants have gone on to study animal husbandry, have been accepted as volunteers at nature reserves or zoos.

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What you will learn

  • You'll learn interesting facts about our truly unique Australian wildlife. Find out how they live, what habitats they're from and how to take care of them in a captive environment.

What you will get

  • Get up close to an array of amazing animals. Experience life as a zookeeper, find out how to feed, train and enrich the lifes of our animals. All attendees receive a certificate from their experience. You'll also get access to some behind the scenes photos.
Parking Info

Street Parking is available 

What to bring

  • Bring your phones to take photos

What to wear

Casual clothing prepared for messy work

Appropriate for

Participants 14yo + with a love for nature and animals

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. Free of charge.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Reptile Encounters or organised by Reptile Encounters must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Reptile Encounters


I agree to give Reptile Encounters unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Reptile Encounters classes and events or on Reptile Encounters premises for use in Reptile Encounters marketing materials. Parents and guests are welcome to take photos of their own children during our Zookeeper for a Day experiences and other events, however, we value the safety and well-being of all visitors, especially children, at our premises so we request adherence to child safety and privacy guidelines and ask that you do not post or distribute images without explicit consent from all people in these images.

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