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.

Personal requirements

  • 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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