Zoologists are biologists who study the structures, characteristics, functions, ecology and environments of animals to increase scientific knowledge and develop practical applications in wildlife management, conservation, agriculture and medicine.
Zoologists may perform the following tasks:
- investigate the interrelationships between animals and their environment by studying animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and in laboratories
- study and perform experiments to identify species and gather data on growth, nutrition, reproduction, prey and predators
- study the development and functions of animals
- devise methods of population control, especially of vermin and pests
- develop programs to increase or manage the population of wild animals and animals in captivity
- undertake surveys of fauna and prepare reports for management agencies
- prepare or supervise the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers
- supervise and coordinate the work of technical officers and technicians
- conduct lectures at universities and TAFE institutes
- participate in wildlife awareness programs for the public.
Zoologists usually specialise in one aspect of study such as entomology (insects), parasitology (internal and external parasites), ecology (environment of animals), ethology (animal behaviour), ichthyology (fish), mammalogy (mammals), ornithology (birds), herpetology (reptiles) or physiology (functions of animals).
- a keen interest in research and the study of living organisms
- good observation skills
- able to work accurately
- a logical approach to problem-solving
- good oral and written communication skills
- able to work independently or as part of a team.
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