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Habitat Specialist

Habitat Specialist


Create zoo exhibits that mimic the animals' home in the wild.

What does a Habitat Specialist do?

A Habitat Specialist is a Zoologist who designs and builds homes for animals in zoos. After all, if humans can live in amazing homes, why can’t animals? Thanks to Architects and Home Builder, people get to live in cozy condos, airtight apartments, and heated houses. And thanks to Habitat Specialists, animals also have a comfy place to call home.

When you’re a Habitat Specialist, sometimes known as a Zoo Designer, you’re an expert in both animals and environments. If the monkeys need a new tree to swing from, for instance, you decide . If the Lions need a cave to keep them cool, you decide . And should the seals earn themselves a new rock formation on which to sunbathe, you decide . In collaboration with Animal Curators, you designs zoo exhibits–you’re in charge of developing the landscape the animals will live in. Your goal in doing so is mimicking as closely as possible the animals’ natural habitat, which assists in their health and happiness in captivity. As a result, you spend your days studying animals’ native environments, then re-creating them with the appropriate plants, water supplies, and geographic features, all the while ensuring that there’s appropriate space for shelter and exercise.

Basically, you’re Mother Nature’s con artist: Whether they hail from Africa or Antarctica, it’s your job to convince animals that they’re still at home – even when they’re far from it!

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