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.