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.
Duties & Tasks
Zoologists may perform the following tasks:
- investigate the interrelationships between animals and their environment by studying animals in their natural surroundings, as well as in captivity and 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 programmes 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 tertiary institutions
- participate in wildlife awareness programmes for the public.
- 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.