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Saint Louis Zoo

Primate House Extern

May - August 2019 • St. Louis, MO

What I liked

I really loved getting hands on experience in the animal caretaking field. It was awesome to see how zookeeping is intertwined with conservation efforts beyond just creating a safe and stimulating/natural environment for the animals. I also loved getting to know the keepers and learn about the other departments in the zoo. I learned so much with my experience and I would highly recommend pursuing an internship with the Saint Louis Zoo.

What I wish was different

I wish it didn't have to end! Honestly, there was nothing that I wish had been different. I felt welcomed and felt that I was given multiple opportunities to make the most out of my internship.

Advice

I would recommend people be open and aware that a majority of the internship involves cleaning (enclosures and dishes). I would also like to reiterate that there is no direct animal contact, for the safety of yourself and the animal. I would advise people to plan for hard and physically laborious work, with the extent of work differing depending on the unit you are working with. It is all worth the experience though!
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Researcher

May - August 2018 • St. Louis, MO

What I liked

I was able to gain hands on lab experience and make amazing connections in the Wildlife medicine field.

What I wish was different

The only part of my internship that could have been better was the ability to get paid!

Advice

It is important in jobs like this to be able to find something helpful to do and be independent.
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