Career

Animal Biologist

Animal biologists' study all aspects of animal life from a biological perspective. Their work may cover evolution, feeding and breeding behaviour, animal molecular and biochemical make-up, environmental living conditions, migration patterns, conservation and more. Professionals in this field differ from zoologists as their interest lies in understanding and describing the biological factors behind the characteristics of species, their research may contribute towards the development of conservation and breeding strategies as well as general understanding of animal behaviour.

Employment opportunities exist in zoos and wildlife parks, museums, conservation groups and environmental management organisations. Post-graduate study is typically required for research scientists, though entry-level roles such as field assistants, laboratory and research assistants may provide entry and opportunity for advancement. Professionals in this field typically specialise in one type of species or animal group, though some may become expert on a particular eco-system and its' inhabitants.