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052 Career100-Becoming a Zoologist- An Interview with Lonnie McCaskill

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Just like any other scientists, Zoologists play a vital role that can help improve not only the lives of animals but even humans too. Zoologists spend ample amount of time studying animal behavior and other important works that can increase human understanding on animals. In this edition, join Felicia Gopaul as she interviews Zoologist Lonnie McCaskill on being a Zoologist and why it is one of the Top 100 Careers of the decade.

Lonnie McCaskill was born and raised in Dallas Texas and has spent his early years collecting reptiles and volunteering at the Dallas Zoo and later worked full time there for 10 years–working with everything, from great apes, black rhinos, and later in the reptile department. In 1994, he was hired by the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee Florida to work with the Rhino and African hoof stock collection. Some three years after, he became part of the opening team at Animal Kingdom. He also got involved with the Turtle Survival Alliance since its inception in 2001 and currently serves as a Board Member and Advisor for the TSA India Program. Apart from that, he is also part of the Steering Committee of the AZA Crocodile Advisory Board and the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group where he gives advise and work with Flora and Fauna International on Siamese Crocodile conservation work in Cambodia. Over the years, he has been involved in conservation in Costa Rica, Belize, Gabon, South Africa, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, and Thailand.

Listen to what is in store for you in this edition of the Career 100 Podcast. Gather valuable information and learn more about:

– Lonnie’s personal and professional journey that led him to become a successful Zoologist
– The focus of work of Zoologists
– What wakes him in the morning and keeps him up at night as far as being a Zoologist is concerned
– The opportunities that come with pursuing a degree in Zoology
– Changes in the industry and future developments
– Insider tips for students who are interested in becoming a successful Zoologist
– Why this is considered as one of the Top 100 Careers of the decade

Dedicating one’s self in studying and understanding animals might not be for most people. However, there are those who chose this profession in a bid to further the humans’ understanding to animals and in turn, benefit from this learning. If you want to take part in this field, don’t miss this edition of the Career 100 podcast.

If you want to know more about Lonnie McCaskill and everything about the projects he’s currently working on, you can visit their website at Expedition Cargo.

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  1. Hi my name is Angelica i have to interview a zoologist i have for my career project. Would it be possible if i could ask you a couple questions.If so what time would be possible to call or email.

  2. I have a student who needs to interview a Zoologist..anybody who can help me with this???? Thanks in advance…Mr C

  3. I found Lonnie through LinkedIn. You may find the person your student is look for there.

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