These are temporary part-time positions in many cases and they are normally the kind of jobs that students would look to pick up for the summer. Because of the start of the recession there are now heads of families and newly redundant people who just want a job whatever it is.
Fair play to them but this is a sign of the times!
Bosses at Twycross Zoo believe around 3,000 people have shown interest in the advertised positions.
The jobs do not involve working directly with the animals, but are in catering, retail, visitor information and ranger details.
A recruitment day was held at the zoo's Napier Centre. Successful applicants will be notified in about a month.
John Ray of Twycross Zoo said: "We've had a tremendous response from the people who want to have a job here.