Careers with Zoo Conservation Biology

Our programme equips you with the skills needed to build a successful career in wildlife conservation. The unique blend of zoo-based learning and academic teaching delivers the vital knowledge and understanding needed to thrive in this competitive arena.  

Whether you long to take care of big cats in a zoo, or study the habits and conservation of endangered species in the African Savannah, we’ll give you the best chance of success.

Read what some of our successful graduating students have to say:

Nicky Jago worked as a primate keeper at Paignton Zoo during her time on the programme. Since graduating, she’s gone on to work as a senior keeper at the Zoological Society of London.

On the programme

“My MSc provided both classroom-based and practical training in zoological conservation theory and methods. Key topics included zoological business management, research skills and methods, animal conservation, behaviour, nutrition, health and welfare, and enclosure design.”

On her role at London Zoo

“I train junior keeping staff, monitor the health of stock, capture and restrain for routine healthcare, administer medication, and look after the enrichment, design, construction and maintenance of enclosures. I also give daily talks to visitors and VIPs at the zoo, have delivered lectures on animal husbandry related topics from 6th form to MSc level students, and presented research to a number of international, national and local audiences.”

“My MSc provided both classroom-based and practical training in zoological conservation theory and methods.” – Nicky Jago, MSc Zoo Conservation Biology postgraduate

Stephen Le Quesne is a wildlife education officer for the National Trust for Jersey. He’s in charge of the education programme that the Trust provides for the island and its community. 

On his current role

“I offer guided walks and activities for families and children during the holiday periods, as well as working in schools to create wildlife habitats with the children. At the moment I’m setting up the first wildlife club the Trust has run, as well as writing a wildlife booklet that we hope will be given to every school child on the island.”

On other projects

“I'm also a budding photographer/filmmaker and TV presenter, and have recently returned from the Wildlife Film Academy in Botswana. I've got a number of projects currently in the works relating to this.”

On how the programme helped him to achieve his aims 

“The main thing the programme helped me with was giving me a greater understanding of the conservation industry and its realities. The skills the programme gives you are very transferable.”

“The main thing the programme helped me with was giving me a greater understanding of the conservation industry and its realities.” - Stephen Le Quesne, MSc Zoo Conservation Biology postgraduate