The goal of this internship is to utilize interns to record observational data of a variety of species within all three regions of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; Heart of Africa, Asia Quest, and Australia and the Islands. Using a computer (app) program called Zoo Monitor; interns will observe each animal, as designated by region. This program will allow for observations to be taken on an iPad, which can then be exported for analysis. Through the information that is obtained interns will work with Animal Care Professionals to assess and make appropriate changes to improve Animal Welfare.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, working alongside full-time keeper staff in learning basic animal behaviors and group dynamics, observing animals and reporting any behavioral changes, and performing other duties as assigned. Interns will also be required to complete various quizzes, training, projects and presentation, and a final reflection paper assigned by the departments.