Some Zoologists work at zoos, participating in the direct care of animals. They will observe them, organize and conduct experimental studies in either controlled or natural surroundings. Zoologists may also help to develop educational materials for zoo staff or visitors. Others work overseeing wildlife reserves, counting animal populations or studying the behaviour of certain animals.
There may be an assumption that Zoologists are always outside working with animals, but that is not necessarily true depending on the aspect of Zoology one pursues. Many may work in a lab-based environment, studying certain biological aspects of animals. Others may work as professors in universities and colleges, teaching Zoology instead of being out in the field. Others will write reports and scientific papers or journal articles.
There are many different types of Zoologists, identified by the types of species they study. The following are a few examples of those who specialize: