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Wildlife Conservation

Summary

There is an alarming state in the world with the increasing extinction of animals which would have an adverse impact on the environment. Wildlife conservation is the need of the hour, which is concerned with studying and protection of the animals and their habitat, and those students who are passionate about animals they can pursue with this career and conserve wildlife. This career is tailor-made for the individuals who are passionate about animals, would want to study and protect them. The career opportunities in the field of wildlife conservation are prevalent in the Government agencies, NGOs, academics, wildlife photography, writing journals and so on. The students of wildlife conservation study about survey and research of biodiversity, conservation plans, history, environmental law etc. The job of wildlife conserver involves working to save the environment and animals as well, therefore it involves research work, development of plans for their conservation, spreading awareness etc. Working with an NGO and organizations, gaining experience from there will be advantageous for your profile.

Career Opportunities in Wildlife Conservation

  • Wildlife Biologist
    Wildlife biologists are involved in gathering and analysizing data about the wildlife, their habits, behavior, nutrition, population dynamics of an area, climate etc. to make certain plans and do in depth research for protecting the wildlife and this information reaches out to people and various organizations such as Wildlife Protection Society of India, which in turn increase their knowledge database.
  • Wildlife educator
    Wildlife educators specializes in teaching the school and college students as part of environmental sciences about the wildlife, the geographic conditions where the wildlife can be located, their habitat. Among college students information about the wildlife, climatic conditions, physiology of the animals, research and survey techniques is dissemented. As there is an alarming state due to increase in the extinction of the animals, hence the educators play a very important role in dissementing information to the youth about how to save the wildlife.
  • Government agencies
    Various government departments are open such as Ministry of Environment and forest and there are various projects which have been taken up by the Government such as Project Tiger, Project Elephant and so on. These departments hire individuals who have studied wildlife conservation and are involved in policy making, program development and do the research in order to protect the wildlife for a better future.
  • Public Educator and outreach specialist
    Outreach specialists are the people who send out information to public about how to manage wildlife in the public and private farms, they combine economic principles with the conservation aids and help people understand how they can the restore and maintain wildlife in their own lands.
  • Non-governmental organization
    Various NGOs are working day and night to protect the wildlife, one such organization is World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Protection Society of India and so on. They hire individuals from almost every field of wildlife conservation such as policy analyst, wildlife technician, outreach specialist etc. who are highly passionate about saving the wildlife and putting in efforts to protect them. They come up with various plans and awareness campaigns for the population to understand the need of the wildlife and how each and every individual can save it.
  • GIS Specialists
    GIS specialists works with Gographic Information System, in which they interpret data and provide the information to the policy makers or for the purpose of policy evaluation concerning wildlife and their habitats. Proficiency in handling GIS will be an edge for you as it is a technical system and having proficiency in this will help you get a job.
  • Communication and Public Relations Specialist
    Specialists of these sort impart the knowledge about the wildlife to the public through writing journals, articles, photography, creating brochures and websites and so on. This is a job cut out for those individuals who are enthusiastic about multimedia and wildlife, wildlife photography, writing journals, making videos of the wildlife, discussion revolving around wildlife.

How to Pursue a Career in Wildlife Conservation

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Class XII with science stream Pursue Bachelors of Science in Biological SciencesPursue Masters degree in Wildlife ConservationPursue Ph.D. in Wildlife Consrvation
Path 2
Class XII with science stream Pursue Bachelors degree in Veterinary Science/ agriculture/forestry/ Environmental Sciences/Zoology/Botany Pursue Masters degree in Wildlife conservation Pursue Ph.D. In wildlife conservation

Important Facts

  • Must have passed class 12th or Senior Secondary Examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Colleges at undergraduate level admit students based on 10+2 marks.

Leading Institutes

Top Wildlife Conservation Institutes in India
College Location Website
The Wildlife Institute of India Dehradun www.wii.gov.in
The National Centre of Biological Science Bangalore www.ncbs.res.in/
University of Kota Kota www.uok.ac.in/
Gauhati University Gauhati www.gauhati.ac.in/old-website/science-Zoology.php
Fergusson College Pune www.fergusson.edu
Mount Carmel College Benguluru www.mountcarmelcollegeblr.co.in
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Chennai www.tanuvas.tn.nic.in/mvc_wls.html
University of Delhi (Multiple Colleges) Delhi www.du.ac.in/du/
Loyola College Chennai www.loyolacollege.edu
Anna University Chennai www.annauniv.edu/
Top Wildlife Conservation Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Harper Adams University England www.harper-adams.ac.uk/
Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand www.victoria.ac.nz
University of Florida United States www.wec.ufl.edu/
University of Prince Edward Island Canada www.upei.ca
University of Vermont United States www.uvm.edu/
University of Kent United Kingdom www.kent.ac.uk
University of Bristol United Kingdom www.bristol.ac.uk

Work Description

  • Wildlife conservationists pay close attention to the habitat of the animals, making sure that the habitat is secure so that the animals are safe.
  • Wildlife Conservers also attend to imparting information to the public about the ways in which the wildlife can be protected.
  • Being a wildlife conserver also involves analysing and making policies with the main aim of securing wildlife.
  • The job role of Wildlife conserver is not only restricted to books and theories but also involves field visits to the areas where animals are located in order to study and provide them with proper aid in terms of the environment.

Pros & Cons of a Career in Wildlife Conservation

Pros
  • From mentoring Rhinos to studying squirrels, Wildlife Conservation specialist provides with an opportunity to the individuals to be involved in varied work and different projects at the same time.
  • You are able to find work in different geographical locations.
  • The work usually includes both office as well as field work.
Cons
  • Professionals might have to work long hours and stick to the deadlines.
  • This job also involves field visits which might result into staying away from the family for long durations.
  • Most of the work involves writing up reports or speaking to others about findings.
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