By offering fantastic internships we are inspiring the next generation of scientists, conservationists and zookeepers.
Our unique programme offers students the chance to work alongside some of our experts within various teams at the zoo, including our science and animal teams.
Through supporting future generations to develop their knowledge and inspiring them to want to act for wildlife, not only are we supporting them to develop their studies, we’re working towards our mission of preventing extinction.
Below we can up with Rose Agnew, our one year science intern in animal behaviour and welfare…
What inspired you to work in conservation?
I’ve had an interest in nature and the outdoors from a young age and always loved animals. Once I started studying biology I realised I could combine my interest in nature and animals with my degree. I knew that’d I’d enjoy working in conservation as it’s a subject I really care about and so when I found out that Chester Zoo offered placements I jumped at the chance to apply.
What aspect of your project did you enjoy the most?
My favourite part of my project was carrying out behavioural observations on the giant otters, they’re really interesting animals to watch and it was especially nice to watch the youngster, Bahia.
What are you hoping to do after working with the zoo/completing your project?
After my placement, I’ll be going back to university to finish my final year of my biology degree and then I’m hoping to go on to do a Masters. I’m not exactly sure what career I want to go into yet, but carrying out my placement and project at the zoo made me realise how much I enjoy studying animal behaviour so maybe I’ll take this interest into a Master’s degree and potentially a career in conservation.
Do you have any advice for future interns?
Make sure you take advantage of any opportunities offered such as any events like workshops and talks. I found going to these events really helped to expand my knowledge and interest into areas I had never previously thought I’d be interested in.