Zoologist Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Instructor: Alexandra Owens

Alexandra has taught middle school science and has a master's degree in Math and Science Education.

Do you love animals? If so, you may want to consider being a zoologist when you grow up! Just like the job sounds, zoologists study animals, including those in the zoo. Check out this lesson to learn more!

What Is a Zoologist?

Have you ever visited a zoo? What did you see there? You probably saw all sorts of exotic animals, like tigers, monkeys, and giraffe. Zoologists are the scientists who study these and other animals! Zoology is the study of animals and their behavior, and the word comes from the Greek zo, which means animal. Zoologists study these animals in both the wild or in laboratory settings. Learn more about what zoologists do each day and how to become one yourself!

Some zoologists study animals that are captive, like this polar bear in the zoo. Zoologists may study what the polar bear likes to eat, games it likes to play, and other behaviors.

What Do Zoologists Do?

Zoology is a life science, like biology. All zoologists study animals in some way. This includes researching animals and writing reports. There's a wide range of jobs that zoologists may have. Some specialize in one particular animal, and others focus on a certain group of animals. Zoologists may even study diseases in animals. Here are some example of activities that zoologists may engage in:

  • Collect information about animals in their natural habitat, which is the place where an animal lives.
  • Teach the community about animals, including those that may be endangered.
  • Conduct experiments using animals in the lab or in the wild to learn more about their behavior.
  • Study groups of animals and how they interact with one another.
  • Determine the impacts of humans on animal populations due to factors like pollution and hunting.
  • Create plans to help save animals that may be sick or in danger.

Some zoologists study animals in their natural habitat, such as these elephants in Africa.

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