My internship at the Creature Conservancy has definitely changed my future career plans. I’ve began to be drawn to environmental education this past school year, especially its need in disadvantaged communities, but I was unsure of what exactly what section of that I’d be most interested in. I knew I loved conservation, but unsure of what that meant for me. However, after working at the Creature Conservancy, I’ve found a connection for conservation dealing with wildlife. More so, I have become very curious about conservation efforts in indigenous/local communities in other countries, both the ethics and complexities surrounding those efforts.
The Creature Conservancy has blessed me with an amazing opportunity. I gained so much valuable experience in teaching environmental education, alongside being able to learn about animal welfare and science. My favorite part of this internship was getting to learn about animal care and behavior. It was a field I’d never really considered directly on the environmental career path spectrum, but I fell in love with the animals at the Creature Conservancy and the mission of their welfare. I got to learn small animal handling, how to create different kinds of enrichment, and the complexities that surrounding taking care of exotic animals and operating as a non-profit.
Today was my last day, and although working 40+ hours a week with kids can be exhausting, it was the most rewarding opportunity I’ve had. My love for environmental education has only increased and I look forward to see how my new interest for working with animals that need care will work into that. What the Creature Conservancy does, not only for animals in need of a home but in educating about conservation, is amazing and I was blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of it for a short time.