World Wildlife Conservation Day 2020 is on Friday, December 4, 2020: Wildlife conservation jobs in Africa?
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I am pretty sure that most of the people working in wildlife conservation parks in Africa, and elsewhere, either work for wildlife organizations, like WWF, or are students in university science and zoology programs
You can look for information at the WWF (world wildlife fund) website or enter 'wildlife conservation" in the keyword search of the major jobsearch sites like hotjobs or monster, and see what comes up. Or even contact your local zoo to see if they have any information on the organizations they know of that do such work.
Career in wildlife conservation?
Majoring in zoology does not mean that you would work in a zoo. Either one would be ok if you are interested in wildlife conservation. Personally, I would go with Ecology and Conservation as a major and if possible minor in zoology. With ecology and conservation you would be looking at a broader scope and a better understanding of the environment, wildlife conservation, and ecosystems. With zoology, you would be focusing on the organisms and the parts of the individual organisms. If you major in ecology and conservation you can still take courses like mammalogy (mammals), herpetology (reptiles & amphibians), icthyology (fish), or ornithology (birds).
No matter what you major in be sure to get plenty of experience. Check out Earthwatch (). The expeditions last 5 to 16 days and are all over the world. You could gain experience in field work that deal with sea turtles, dolphins, whales, terrapins, meerkats, jaguars, elephants, lions, etc. This is something that would help you gain experience and you wouldn't have to be gone for a whole semeseter. Also, be sure to do an internship or two.
Note - I have my BA in Ecology and working toward my MS in Wildlife Biology.
How can we protect the wildlife animals from extinction?
Donating to or raising money for reputable wildlife organizations is a great way to help out. World Wildlife Fund is an astounding organization that is pushing very very much to save tigers from extinction by working with local peoples, buying land to protect them, and supporting local conservation programs in the tigers' vicinity.
Other organizations that are great to support are the National Wildlife Federation - they are so wonderful with everything they do, and they truly do get results in helping wildlife in the United States. Buying fair trade, believe it or not, also helps.
Whenever you buy fair trade, you support fair wages to those less fortunate and provide artisans with an income. By providing an income to impoverished nations, they are less likely to support and participate in illegal wildlife trade and poaching. In desperation, they hunt the animals we are striving to protect. By providing them with an income, we can create a better world, not only for people, but for the wildlife animals in the area too :) Be sure to check out SERVV - the work they do is just as amazing as their products!