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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Animal Husbandry Internship


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo      

Animal Department Program

Internship Position Description


Department:  Animal Department- Multiple Animal Areas


Principal Function:

To learn how to provide the highest quality care and husbandry of the animals in the area to which they are assigned.  To learn how to educate, entertain and provide exemplary guest service experiences to all zoo guests through various programs, activities and continuous guest interaction. 


Fee: Since we approach our internships as enrollment into a learning institution, certain fees apply. This includes a zoo membership that is valid through the duration of your internship, and includes all the benefits that come with the membership (e.g.: free admission to the zoo on your days off, discounts on zoo programs, etc.) A discount is applicable during our off season between September 1st and February 28th. Please consult your career counselor at your school to inquire about receiving academic credit for your internship.


The following is a list of subjects the intern may learn during an internship:

  • Animal observations
  • Animal records
  • Preparing and distributing diets
  • Cleaning animal enclosures, public areas, service areas
  • Protocols, policies and procedures
  • Refurbishing and renovating exhibits
  • Preparing & administering medications and/or supplements
  • Training & enrichment
  • Observations of Veterinary procedures
  • Making presentations to Zoo guests and/or staff




  • Negative Tuberculosis test prior to start date
  • Background Check
  • CMZ Animal Department Program Application- CMZ approval
  • CMZ Animal Department Program Questionnaire- CMZ approval
  • Resume



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How to Apply

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 719-633-9925
Fax: 719-633-2254

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