Zookeeper is a 2011 American fantasy comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, written by Kevin James, Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben, Jay Scherick, and David Ronn, and produced by James, Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Todd Garner, and Walt Becker. The film stars James in the title role, with Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb, alongside the voices of Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone, Sandler, Don Rickles (in the final film he finished before his death on April 6, 2017), Judd Apatow, Cher, Jon Favreau, and Faizon Love. It is about an unlucky zookeeper who turns to the talking animals at his zoo to help him find love.


In 2005, zookeeper Griffin Keyes proposes to his girlfriend Stephanie, but is turned down, citing his career as a zookeeper as the reason, breaking his heart.