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Wildlife Biologist

Study wild animals in their natural habitat.

What does a Wildlife Biologist do?

For a wildlife biologist, the great outdoors takes the place of a brick-and-mortar office. You won’t find any copy machines or staplers in the jungles of Borneo or the African savannah, and you probabaly won’t ever have to wear a tie to work. A pair of khaki shorts and hiking boots suit you just fine as you get dressed for your workday, which sometimes begins after you’ve traveled across the globe to get closer to the animal you’re studying.

With a camera crew and a group of colleagues ranging from zoologists to botanists, you head into the wild. It may be a tough task to find a particularly sneaky species, but you never know what new plant or strange bug you may find along the way.

There are a lot of animals out there, from anteaters to zebras, and unfortunately you won’t have time to study them all. So you zero in on a concentration: Perhaps you’re interested in the mating habits of Alaskan black bears, or you’re tasked with examining the population changes of the red panda. The data you collect isn’t just strict numbers, but pictures, video, and notebooks full of your own personal observations.

Out in the wilderness with little more than a few colleagues and a camera crew, you can find yourself in some dicey situations. Not all animals are friendly, and neither are all terrains. But as long as you stay vigilant and prepared, you can allow yourself to revel in the spirit of adventure without worrying about accidentally finding yourself knee-deep in quicksand.