Reptilia Junior Keeper Program

Your Child can experience life as a Zookeeper!

Reptilia’s Junior Keeper Program offers kids aged 7-14 a chance to live life as a Reptilia Zookeeper! Our junior keepers will learn about the biology of reptiles and amphibians, where they live, their diversity, as well as how to care for them. They will also learn the many aspects of becoming a zookeeper under the guidance of our knowledgeable cast, assisting in Reptilia’s state of the art Reptile Zoo.

Come for one day or come for many! Our zookeepers keep the program dynamic and changing so there is lots to see and do! Junior Keeper runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM. On these days they learn from our talented zookeepers, interact with fascinating reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and more. As well, kids will care for the animals in the zoo, all the while learning science, husbandry, record keeping, and responsibility.

junior keepers learning to care for tortoise during program

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Give your children the experience of a lifetime!

The Junior Keeper Program runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM – 2PM! Book as many or as few days as you would like!

To provide each junior keeper with individual attention, hands on interaction, and full value, enrollment is limited to only 6 applicants.

If you are interested in the program, please contact bookings at (905) 303-2516 or by email at

Reptilia will consider applicants between 7 and 14 years of age who are interested in reptiles and animals in general.

$99+tax per session, or $80+tax per session if booking four or more sessions at a time!

Cancellation policies apply, please check with management should this be of concern to you.

Course Schedule Overview

An action-packed, interactive experience

Reptile Basics
Introduction to the different kinds of reptiles. Junior Keepers learn how reptiles are different than other animals.

Basic Reptile Husbandry
What animal needs to survive. Junior Keepers will set up a tank for a pet reptile.

Watch A Zookeeper Show
Junior Keepers handle and learn about some of our friendly reptiles.

At Reptilia, a big part of being a Zookeeper is interacting with the public! They will build their knowledge, confidence, as well as presentation and showmanship skills!

How to Help a Zookeeper in a Show and Practice
Handling an animal independently and with help from a zookeeper. How to let people touch and feel an animal safely. Each Junior Keeper gets to help out on stage.

Assist with the Feedings!
Junior Keepers get to watch feedings from behind the scenes! They’ll look right into the King Cobras eyes and jump in the Alligator tank! Junior Keepers will learn how to do a feeding safely and then will actually feed an animal in front of the public!

Act as an Interpreter
Each Junior Keeper will pick an animal, research and learn about it. They will then be tested on their knowledge and get to spend time in the zoo, allowing people to touch and feel the animal, as well as teaching others!

Animals can get sick or injured just like people. This week keepers will learn how we avoid animals getting hurt or sick.

Hospital Room Visit
In a visit to the Hospital room, Junior Keepers will learn the answers to questions like:

  • What do we do if an animal is sick hurt in an exhibit?
  • What are different ways to help out sick/hurt animals?
  • When do animals go to the vet?

Sanitation, Care, and Cleanliness
Junior Keepers will learn about the importance of cleanliness and sanitation, as well as how to identify common problems and their solutions.

How to Handle a Reptile
This week, our keepers focus on animal handling. They will learn how to safely hold and handle snakes, lizards, and even a crocodilian!

Hooks and Tongs and Baggers, Oh My!
Junior Keepers learn to use the equipment that the pros use. Hooks, tongs, baggers, and an arsenal of tips and tricks to capture and handle tricky reptiles safely.

Wrangling Time!
Here, our Junior Keepers get to show their stuff. They’ll use the skills they’ve learned to capture snakes in ‘real life’ escape situations!

Final Test and Graduation!
After showing everyone just what they can do, our Junior Keepers are tested on their knowledge and then given a certificate of completion to show off to their friends or hang proudly in their rooms!

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