Behavioral Husbandry Internship

The Minnesota Zoo strives to maintain the highest standards of animal welfare and well-being in order to assure that the biological, behavioral, and social needs of each individual are met.  This is achieved, in part, through behavior management (animal enrichment and training).

Behavioral husbandry aims to draw out animals’ natural behaviors and abilities with stimulating environments that provide the animals with behavioral choices which encourage them to explore and interact with their surroundings.  Behavioral husbandry begins at exhibit planning and continues with day-to-day care provided by zoo keepers.

Behavioral Husbandry Interns conduct behavioral observations, record and enter data, work on enrichment initiatives for animals, and interact with guests by providing interpretive information throughout the Zoo.

All interns complete an individual project developed in consultation with Zoo staff.