Zoologists study the origin, growth and development, structure, environment, classification, behaviour and life processes of animals. As this field is so broad, zoologists usually specialize in a particular type of animal or animal family, or in certain aspects of animal life such as genetics or animal classification.
Tasks of zoologists are determined by their specialities and by their employers. They may study live animals in controlled or natural settings; dissect animals to study their anatomy and physiology; be involved in the identification and classification of animals; do research into the diagnosis, the prevention and the treatment of both animal and human diseases; or work as a consultant or curator for a zoo, aquarium or wildlife park.
Zoologist can be involved or specialise in any one of the following fields:
The work settings of zoologists vary from pure research and laboratory work to fieldwork. Museum zoologists are involved in the preservation of valuable animal collections, research on the classification and distribution of animals and the construction of interpretive displays for the education of public visitors.
How to Enter
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.
Compulsory School Subjects
Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Recommended School Subjects
No Recommended Subjects
What to Study
Degree: BSc degree course with Zoology as a major, with second major such as: Botany, Chemistry, Physiology, Geology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology – UWC, NWU, UCT, UJ, NMMU, RU, Wits, UKZN, UFS, US, UNISA, UP
Post-graduate study: An honours degree or preferably an MSc or PhD degree, is essential for the full professional development of the zoologist. Post-graduate studies involve a series of research projects chosen by the student in accordance with the area of interest. Employers prefer postgraduates.
The Zoological Society of Southern Africa
Department of Zoology
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: (033) 260-5127 Fax: (033) 260-5105
The National Parks Board
P O Box 787
643 Leyds Street
Tel: (012) 428-9111 Fax: (012) 426-5500
Nature and Environmental Conservation
Private Bag X?209
Wildlife and Environmental Society of SA
Tel:?(033) 330-3931 Fax: (033) 330-4576