A zoo curator fills a management role at a zoological park. Much of what the zoo curator does is essentially animal-focused. The curator will typically receive reports detailing any health concerns with any animals under the care of the park. In some situations, he or she may be required to sign off on recommended treatments or dietary adjustments. The curator may also help dispatch qualified veterinary personnel as needed.
In addition to these day-to-day concerns, the curator is focused on maintaining and building a healthy environment for his or her park. He or she will typically network with other zoos around the country in order to acquire or exchange animals on either a temporary or permanent basis. The zoo curator also will typically work to evolve and expand zoo habitats and displays for the animals in his or her park. These endeavors may involve working within the business realities of the park, and the curator will frequently need to be involved with business managers in order to help work through the budgetary constraints of the park itself.
Most zoo curators will have at least a bachelor's degree in zoological science, biology, or a related field. Most candidates for this job will have practical zoo experience at lower levels of park and animal management. They may also possess post-graduate degrees or hold degrees in veterinary science. Zoo curators typically work regular business hours during the week, spending time in the office and inspecting the park and its habitats.