Are you interested in a career working with wildlife? Would you like to be at the forefront of conservation science and outreach, animal husbandry and welfare, and wildlife rehabilitation and restoration conservation efforts? WEST LIBERTY UNIVERSITY’S ZOO SCIENCE MAJOR offers students opportunities to learn from zoo specialists and conservation biologists, receiving hands-on training at partnering Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions, on-site animal facilities at WLU, as well as in the field.
Partnering AZA accredited institutions include Oglebay’s Good Zoo, located 4 miles from WLU, and the Wilds, the largest conservation center in North America, located approximately 80 miles from WLU in Cumberland, Ohio.
Classes will be conducted at WLU, as well as at local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. Students will learn from zoo professionals and will be exposed to a variety of animal care facilities including small and large zoos and aquariums, conservation centers, nature centers, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and fish hatcheries.
The goals of the ZOO SCIENCE CURRICULUM are to:
- prepare students for careers in AZA accredited institution
- provide students with the opportunity to increase their content knowledge and the science process skills necessary for critical thinking and problem-solving in a zoological/conservation facility
- provide students opportunities to engage with animals in human care, while learning modern husbandry techniques
Students will achieve the above goals through completion of WLU’s unique ZOO SCIENCE CURRICULUM, which incorporates at least five months of full-time hands-on experience with animal husbandry at AZA accredited facilities in team learning environments and one-on-one instruction and mentoring by zoo and conservation professionals. Once completed, WLU ZOO SCIENCE MAJORS will have ascertained skill sets that prepare them for employment in zoo and conservation facilities, wildlife rehabilitation and restoration, federal and state conservation agencies and graduate schools in ecological and conservation science.