Opportunities for careers in zoo science are competitive and, today, even entry-level positions require a college degree. Drake's zoo and conservation science concentration provides our graduates the background and practical experience needed for a competitive advantage in obtaining coveted area director, curatorial, and management positions. In addition, applicants with strong academic backgrounds and operational animal experience are very competitive as candidates for many senior roles in zoos - including education, operations, member relations and CEO positions.
The Zoo and Conservation Science program at Drake really kick-started my career... I was able to intern with my dream animal group - big cats - and expand my animal experience to a wide variety of ungulates and great apes through internships with the Blank Park Zoo and the Ape Initiative. I owe almost all my exotic animal experiences to this program. The hands-on experience I gained with Zoo and Conservation Science program led me to working full-time with the bonobos at Ape Initiative, and I couldn't be happier with the work I do!
Calle Uerling, Environmental Science, Class of 2020
Michael J. Renner
Professor of Biology & Psychology
Department of Environmental Science & Sustainability
College of Arts and Sciences