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Careers in Wildlife Conservation

Greetings fellow Reddit connoisseurs.

It has always been my dream to work with animals in the future. I have some feeler questions I’m hoping you lovely people can give some insight on. Please note I value everyone’s input and am happy to elaborate further on anything if it helps you answer my questions.

. What alternative avenues are viable without a degree?

. What wildlife rehabilitation programs are worthwhile in your opinion?

.My true dream is to be an Ethologist does anyone know good education programs to get me towards that goal?

. I’m aware the pay is never very fruitful in itself so what networking opportunities have you found to be a supplemental income ?(ex. Forest Galante works with TV networks and has a YouTube channel)

. I’m trying to avoid Zoo’s and stay more focused on conservation centers is there any you’ve found that truly work for the animals and aren’t cash grabs?

.Is there any Wildlife Conservationists that you recommend looking into? I’m always interested in learning more from various sources and perspectives.

. As for permits and licensing what do you recommend I work towards acquiring ?

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2024/06/14
18:03 UTC

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Invitation to Participate in an IRB-approved study examining moral injury among animal care workers

Looking for zookeepers and aquarists!

Attention Animal Care Workers! 🐾

Are you a volunteer or worker involved in direct animal care? We need your help! Participate in our study exploring attachment and moral injury among animal care workers. Your insights can help us understand the unique challenges faced by those who care for our furry friends.

We are looking for animal control officers/investigators, shelter and rescue workers, veterinary medicine workers, wildlife rehabilitators, dog trainers and walkers, zoo workers, aquarists, exotic and farm animal caregivers, and others who work with animals in a work or volunteer capacity to complete our anonymous online survey. 

By participating, you'll contribute to vital research aimed at improving mental health support for animal care workers and help shape future interventions.

Interested? Click the link below to learn more and participate!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63ZFLXS

Your voice matters! Help us make a difference in the lives of animal care workers everywhere. 🐶🐱

6 Comments
2024/06/12
22:20 UTC

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Cats React to Grass Patch Hunting Box Toy

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2024/06/11
06:01 UTC

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corvid enrichment ideas?

I desperately need "naturalized" enrichment ideas for birds (specifically magpie-jays). We have all your basic bird toys and of course, kerplunk feeders, but our zoo has a natural enrichment policy so we can't use those things 99% of the time. We are allowed to spray paint some materials (PVC or recycled plastic buckets) to look more natural. Even then. they're quite picky. I would prefer ideas that I could make easily with PVC, buckets, or natural wooden sticks because it can be put to use much faster!

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2024/06/09
23:53 UTC

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Any good UK Uni's/Colleges?

Hi!

I'm looking into being a zoo keeper when I'm older(Especially working with giant Otters) and need help finding Uni's in the UK!

Any ex-uni students or Zoo keepers or generally anyone who can recommend some good ones?

2 Comments
2024/06/07
12:28 UTC

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Cottontail

So, my cat killed rabbit's mother and some baby cottontails in a nest in my backyard. I was able to save 3 of them. They were about 4 days old. I got them to 7 weeks old and released 2 of them. The issue, the third one. She imprinted on us, and my dogs (from inside the cage, never directly with them). Unlike the other 2 who spent their days in the house i made, she was always on top of the house, watching us, and interacting with my dogs and kids. She will come to the front of the cage and stand up to see us. I did not think she would survive in the wild, so she is still with us. She has no fear of people or other animals.
I have found very little info about keeping a cottontail.
First, is it cruel to keep her as a pet? I have a large rabbit enclosure in my sunroom which is plenty big enough for now.
She is about 10 weeks old now, would it be better to release her even though i feel she is attached?
It was never my intention to keep one

4 Comments
2024/06/06
14:40 UTC

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Pandas returning to National Zoo

I saw the news today that pandas are returning to the National Zoo in DC, but I see that it's two new bears and not the same ones that were there before but taken back to China.

My question is if anyone knows or has theories as to why they wouldn't just extend the contract and allow the original pandas to stay and live out their lives in DC. Why stress the pandas by returning them to China when they lived in DC and were happy, healthy, and well-cared for? (And I assume attached or accustomed to their caretakers as well.) And then to put two new pandas through the stress of coming here and adjusting just to replace them. It just seems it would be better for them all to stay put?

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2024/05/29
16:19 UTC

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Today, I visited the Los Angeles Zoo, where I took some photos and recorded a video.

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2024/05/29
09:22 UTC

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Land Slugs

Does anyone know of any “good” Land Slugs for captivity/Zoo if so please put in comments and some of the Pros and Cons

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2024/05/28
23:29 UTC

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Cincinnati zoo internship

Has anyone interned at the Cincinnati zoo? I would like to know more of what it is like and how competitive it is?

3 Comments
2024/05/28
09:06 UTC

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How to make this illegal?

I know this wouldn't happen in our lifetime probably but I cant stand to see both land and sea animals be held captive in cages and aquariums just for people to see. It's very disturbing to me. How can we change this? How can we begin the process of making this not allowable? How to make it illegal?

8 Comments
2024/05/16
18:50 UTC

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Question about trees when building a new zoo.

Ok. Please forgive me asking such an odd question. Im not even sure if this is the right sub to ask this in. A new zoo is planned to begin construction in the next year here locally. The current location was established 1927. Obviously there are many many beautiful mature trees providing shade for both the animals and patrons. How do they go about providing proper shade in a newly constructed zoo? Can they transplant large mature trees? Again sorry for the odd question

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2024/05/16
17:55 UTC

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Majestic as f'k

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2024/04/08
16:22 UTC

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Driving Trough Bears! Bearizona Williams, Arizona

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2024/03/16
17:05 UTC

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A true wild one!

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2024/03/13
07:23 UTC

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Is this normal?

Is it acceptable for monkeys to eat out of plastic ketchup bottles? I saw it happening at a zoo today and wondered if it’s normal?

2 Comments
2024/03/08
23:00 UTC

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ISO carnivore pictures with visible sclera

Hi, i'm writing my bachelors thesis in biology and am in need of good quality images of carnivores with the sclera/conjuctiva visible. If anyone has any pictures or perhaps links to where I can view your photography to search through it would be greatly appreciated! I might also expand it to include hoofed animals (ungulates - Cetartiodactyla/Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla) if the time allows, same requirement.

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2024/03/04
18:35 UTC

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World's Only Rotating Aquarium! (OdySea Aquarium Scottsdale, Arizona)

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2024/02/27
22:23 UTC

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Dancing ostriches?

There are a bunch of videos on youtube showing dancing ostriches. They don't look like the video has been manipulated (eg sped up/slowed down to match music).

What is really going on? What peculiarity of ostrich behavior is being used?

(asked in CaptiveWildlife because all ostriches shown "dancing" were in zoos or farms)

2 Comments
2024/02/25
16:47 UTC

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Is Carnivore Zoology a thing and how could I become one?

So I'm 22 and have been contemplating what to do with my life. I've thought about being a Zoologist when I was in high school but didn't want to go to college. Especially when everyone was getting sick shiver. But after all thought I've thought about going back to that. So currently I've been thinking about going back to school and going for the Zoology major. But the thing is, I want to study carnivores. Specifically wolves, bears, and big cats (maybe seals lol). But in general I don't mind working with a variety of animals but I want my main thing to be the Carnivora group. But I don't know where to start.

I've looked through the FAQ and left me asking more questions (to myself mostly). I want to work with animals but I don't want to mess with their space. My first thought was the zoo, and I still might do it but I also thought about asking the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in Montana to see if they have any ideas. I'm not the type of guy to work in a lab with chemicals. I'm more of look at the animal, understand them, and learn more about them. But it would be cool to be in more conservation but I don't know much about that. This is all fairly recent thoughts and I didn't who to ask so I wanted to ask the experts.

Maybe someone has similar thoughts and also has went or is going through the same thing. Maybe it's a unique experience to me I don't know.

Edit: Also I'm from the Midwest so if there's anything around there that could help

10 Comments
2024/02/23
03:09 UTC

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Largest Butterfly Conservatory in America! (Butterfly Wonderland Scottsdale, Arizona)

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2024/02/18
23:01 UTC

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How is working with large animals (e.g. hoofstock, big cats, etc.) different than small exotics?

Wasn’t sure how to phrase the title. I have zoo and exotic experience but only with smaller and easy to handle animals like birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. AKA nothing that could eat or crush me. I do see a decent number of job postings but they all require working with larger animals like hoofstock at least a little bit. I’m really nervous about that because I know nothing about them. Could anyone with experience explain some of the differences in the work involved, physical demands, etc.? I appreciate it. Thanks!

11 Comments
2024/02/16
05:16 UTC

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How many people have died due to animals in captivity?

I know it's a stretch but I am working on an assignment on why not to exploit animals for human entertainment and I need a statistic for the amount of people who have died due to captive animals. I've searched everywhere for even a rough statistic on this topic, but all that comes up is how many animals have died in captivity, if anyone could give me just a rough answer that would be so appreciated, many thanks x

4 Comments
2024/02/15
08:45 UTC

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I filmed this video during my time with a rescued Brushtail Possum at the Australian Walk About Park Sanctuary, and I'm keen to hear your thoughts on it

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2024/02/04
19:26 UTC

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Gull enrichment ideas

I have a herring gull amputee I nursed back to health but since he can’t fly he needs human care for the rest of his life. He adapted well even acting somewhat tame, having no trouble flapping around and exploring his aviary(and waking up my neighbors at 5am lol). As gulls are surprisingly intelligent I’m sure he needs something more than just a bowl of food and a swimming pond. I think of smart toys for dogs/cats to make him look for his food(he adores eggs and worms). Are there any toys beak-proof enough to put them safely in the aviary without risk of swallowing small elements? Or should I look for something different?

Inb4 - as a private citizen I have a governmental permit for keeping him. The best solution would be to get him another non-flying friend but it’s very difficult in my country(it doesn’t mean I gave up searching, I just can’t do that right now)

10 Comments
2024/02/03
20:06 UTC

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Can large carnivores such as lions and tigers thrive on a vegan diet?

If yes, how many vegans per week would they need?

15 Comments
2024/02/02
23:55 UTC

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