Now it’s not every day that an animal comes back from the brink of extinction, but the little rabbit known as the New England Cottontail has done just that. The New England Cottontail is the area's only native rabbit and at one time had a large population. Due to significant habitat loss, the New England Cottontail population shrunk to just five locations around the region, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2006, it was classified as a candidate for endangered protection. As of September 2015, the New England Cottontail was declassified as a result of conservation efforts. It took an organized collaboration from state and federal agencies, private companies, animal organizations, universities, and many more groups to save the New England Cottontail. Preventing an animal from being an endangered species is a tall order, but that’s where people in the wildlife conservation field come in. If you are interested in working with wildlife, here are just a few careers to consider.
A Wildlife Biologist researches and monitors wildlife and their habitats. They can collect data on many different things like diseases, behaviors, genetics, nutrition, population dynamics, etc. They use this information to help animal species and their environment.
For more info, go to the EnvironmentalScience.org
A Wildlife Rehabilitator treats and cares for injured, orphaned, or sick wild animals so that they can be released back to the wild.
For more info, go to the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.
Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer
A Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer is responsible for enforcing wildlife laws and regulations. They also do population surveys and educate the public about wildlife.
For more info, go to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Office of Law Enforcement.
A Wildlife Technician works with a Wildlife Biologist or Manager to help collect data on animals and their habitats.
For more info, go to Eco Canada.
Wildlife Educator/Park Ranger
Wildlife Educators teach the public about wildlife and conservation. They also take important scientific data and explain it to the public in a way that is relatable. They can teach to all different age groups, from kids to adults. They also may work hands-on with educational animals to help engage the public. A big part of a Park Ranger’s job is to educate the public like a Wildlife Educator, but they also are responsible for protecting public land.
For more info, go to: ParkRanger.edu and Zooniversity.org
A Wildlife Inspector seizes illegal animal shipments for the pet trade. They usually work at ports of entry to the U.S. and have a very important job in helping stop illegal dealings with wild animals.
For more info, go to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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