Zookeeper Programs


We now offer camps for both kids & adults!

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Scales & Ales

Zookeeper Program for Adults ages 18+

This new program is being offered once a month to Adult Reptile Keepers or those interested in learning more about reptiles. Our goal is to give adults a chance to come learn about reptiles in a fun and comfortable environment.  The class will run about 2 hours and then we will regroup at a local nearby brewery to talk about what we learned.


  • Date & Time: September 21, 2023 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Topic: EXOTIC BIRDS  – This month will be dedicated to learning about the various exotic birds that Scales & Tails have for our educational programs.  Find out their back stories, and the many advantages and disadvantages to owning birds.  If you’ve ever wanted to own a bird for a pet, this will be a really fun workshop to see what it really takes to keep these fluffy feathered friends as companions.  
  • Cost: $25/session 
  • Location: Scales & Tails Utah AND a Local Brewery – TBD
  • 4 Participant minimum, 20 participants max
  • Questions?  801-577-7182 or info@scalesandtailsutah.com

To Register:

Please click the button below.  You will be taken to a secure site to complete registration and payment. 


    Zookeeper Program for Youth ages 6 – 16:

    Does your child have a passion for animals? Would he or she love to have a chance to work behind the scenes? Then this is the opportunity they have been waiting for! We’ll be hosting Junior Zookeeper Classes throughout the Summer. Participants will get the opportunity to help our staff clean animal enclosures, prepare meals and feed the animals, learn reptile husbandry and simple vet care, handle animals that the general public typically does not get to work with and receive special training on how to deal with reptiles in the wild. Zookeeper duties will vary so each session will not be the same.

    • Cost will be $35/child/session for the Initial session, then $25/session for additional session.  Additional sessions do not include a T-shirt.
    • Zookeeper time frame: 2 hours. 
    • Includes a T-Shirt (with Initial Registration)
    • Children can book single sessions or multiple sessions.
    • Questions?  801-577-7182 or info@scalesandtailsutah.com



    Various – See Below

    JUNIOR ZOOKEEPERS – THURSDAYS 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM –  (AGES 6-16)

    9/14 – LEAPING LIZARDS – Come learn about the cute and cuddly lizards along with the the bigger more advanced species.

    9/21 – BIG & DANGEROUS – Big and dangerous reptiles often get a bad wrap.  Come learn more about these unique species and come away with a healthy respect for their part in the ecosystem.

    9/28 – TURTLES & TORTOISES – What makes a turtle a turtle and a tortoise a tortoise? Can a tortoise come out of their shell? Find out the answer to these questions and more!

    10/5 – SNAKES COME IN ALL SIZES – Saying snake is like saying dog.  You can find snakes as big around as your thumb here in Utah, and some as longer than a car in Asia.  Come learn about a variety of snake species in this fun camp!

    10/12 – CARE OF MYSTICAL CREATURES – Our specially trained wizards and witches will transport you to a mystical realm to learn more about the magical creatures found in the wizarding world. 

    10/19 – MONSTERS & LEGENDS – Learn about many reptilian legends and monsters and how real reptiles grew beyond themselves.

    10/26 – VENOM DAY – Spiders, scorpions, rattlesnakes and venomous lizards!  Come learn about the importance of venom and how to distinguish it from poison.

    11/2 – CROCODILIAN DAY –  Find out how to tell the difference between alligators, crocodiles and caiman.  See what amazing attributes they have to protect themselves and help them live really long lifespans.

    11/9 – PHYLOGENY DAY – What is Phylogeny?  It’s the history of a species.  Learn about the history of reptiles and how they got to be where they are today.

    11/16 – ANIMALS IN THE WILD – We will learn more about local reptile species, how they blend in with their surroundings and how we can safely find and identify them in the wild. 


    • Maximum of 20 participants per keeper session
    • Minimum of 5 participants required to run the session
    • Participant must fill out registration form and liability waiver prior to participation
    • Separate registration REQUIRED for EACH participant (so we can obtain all the specific info for that child)
    • Youth ages 6-16 allowed to participate
    • Zookeeper duties will vary from session to session
    • Participants may sign up for multiple sessions (must repeat registration for each date of camp)
    • Please note, registration is not final until you have paid and been accepted into the date requested by reply e-mail.
    • Multiple dates can be added to the same registration, but PLEASE do not add multiple participants on the same registration.  Separate registrations needed to collect all pertinent info for each child.  

    To Register:

    Please click the button below.  You will be taken to a secure site to complete registration and payment. 

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