• Research and Independent Study

    Opportunities to participate in some of our projects are available for college students, recent graduates and researchers. It is important to note that some of the research projects may have limited animal contact. Special projects vary by time of year and area of interest.

    Conservation Biology

    Our center challenges and inspires students by engaging them in with safe hands-on direct experience with our animals. They are involved with training and education that connects them to the science of conservation in new and exciting ways. Conservation research students have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at the exciting work and associated fields of conservation biology. Our program is developmentally suitable, relevant to actual real-life problems, and accentuates comprehension through analysis. Students and researchers may become involved with various subject matters like ecology and nutrition and participate in data collection/entry, monitoring enrichment programs, interaction with guests through LEO (Lionshare Educational Organization), and written reports.


    Here’s an example of a conservation research study done by Erica Hermsen of Antioch University on page 2: CHEETAH BAITING METHODS

    Behavior Biology

    This segment gives researchers and students an opportunity to work with topics such as animal behavior, animal training methods, breeding, husbandry and working on developing techniques that can be applied to in wild populations and field studies. The student or researcher may work very closely with a variety of different species to help in developing a deeper knowledge for rare, threatened and endangered animal care and behavior; they will have the ability to get pragmatic and practical experience.

    Here’s an example of a research study done by Sacred Heart University students: INTENSITY OF DUET AND SOLO VOCALIZATIONS BY THE WHITE HANDED GIBBON


    With education being a major cornerstone of our mission here at LEO ZCC, education researchers will help assist with developing new curriculum and running Zoo School Days for children ages six to twelve, coordinating and engaging our Junior Interns ages thirteen to eighteen, and aiding the Animal Ambassador program. Students will gain teaching and animal-handling experience. They will also fine tune better communication and public speaking tools.

    Applying Information

    Applicants that have experience within zoology, animal behavior, psychology, biology, veterinary, education, environmental science or rehabilitation are preferred. We are looking for self-motivated and charismatic candidates who will interact well with current staff, volunteers, and zoo guests. The research or independent study is unpaid and housing may be available in the future.

    Send your cover letter specifying area of interest, resume, and proof of college enrollment (if needed) to info@leozoo.org.

    Academic Credit

    Previous LEO Zoological Conservation Center students have been consistently awarded credit through their work and studies here. We at LEO value building relationships with universities and are willing to communicate directly with professors and/or advisers to insure that requirements are met. Students are encouraged to fill out the proper paperwork required directly with their university adviser and/or department. Full-time (semester long) internships are available by special arrangement.


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