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Kansas City Zoo



The Animal Registrar manages records related to the Zoo’s animal collection. This position ensures the maintenance and quality of all animal records, serves as a liaison and information source to animal staff, and is responsible for the overall documentation of animal transactions and associated permits.






Responsible for the maintenance and updating of various manual and computerized animal record keeping systems, including:

  • Inventorying, documenting and identifying all animals in the Zoo’s collection.
  • Recording births, deaths, reproductive histories, shipments and other notes related to animals’ health and behavior.
  • Coordinating with animal staff to obtain/verify records information, completion of transactions and other information needed.  
  • Regularly reviewing recordkeeping procedures and implementing improvements to current standards of record management.


Assists with a variety of tasks related to animal transports, including:

  • Preparing and tracking documentation regarding the acquisition, disposition, donation and/or loan of animals.
  • Assisting with logistical planning of animal shipments.
  • Procuring, maintaining and renewing necessary federal, state and local permits required for the maintenance and transport of wildlife.
  • Establishing working relationships with records management staff at other zoological institutions, as well as federal, state and local regulatory personnel.


Prepares various reports related to animal records and inventory, as well as provides institution data for studbook reports, questionnaires, surveys and Species Survival Plan (SSP) updates.


Serves as a liaison to the International Species Information System (ISIS), including submitting data to the system, as well as analyzing and disseminating data received.  



Serves as the pest control liaison within the Zoo, which includes working with USDA, McCleod Services, and others.


*This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo.




    1. Bachelor’s Degree in a biological science or related strongly preferred.
    1. Minimum 2 years’ working in a zoological setting.
    2. Experience with ZIMS or other animal management software/databases strongly preferred.
    3. Knowledge of inventory accession and general record management principles and practices, including zoo registration methods and collection management standards.
    4. Knowledge of federal, state and local statutes, guidelines and requirements related to maintaining a zoological collection, as well as those regulating animal acquisition, disposition, exhibition, husbandry standards and transportation.
    5. Knowledge of general zoological and veterinary medical terminology.
    6. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, preferred.
    7. Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    1. Must have valid driver’s license.
    2. Must have or be able to obtain negative TB test.
    3. Occasional lifting of up to 20 pounds.
    4. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and occasional evening hours, in all weather extremes.
    5. Must pass a background and drug screening.
    6. Must be vaccinated or agree to become vaccinated for COVID-19, to work safely with staff and the animals under the team’s care.

How to Apply

Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO 64132
Phone: (816) 595-1234

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