We experienced very high demand for this experience – all Summer 2020 sessions are now closed.
If you’re interested in a Fall 2020 session, get on the waiting list by emailing us at [email protected]
Loop Abroad is proud to offer remote research fellowships to support on-going research at the outstanding Lory Park Zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa. Even if you’re stuck at home, you can be learning the real-world research skills needed to objectively measure and improve animal welfare in any captive situation.
As a team, you will be contribute to the following research projects:
Compare wild- and hand-reared cat behavior and other health indicators to improve care for this vulnerable species. Also, help analyze data that will be part of new leopard and serval husbandry manuals!
Fellows will be supervised and mentored virtually in group and one-on-one settings by the Lory Park Zoo Park Manager and a Loop Abroad veterinarian. You will learn the exact skills used every day by veterinarians, field researchers, and zookeepers to understand and support captive animal welfare.
You will start by learning to how to closely identify each animal’s behaviors, what it means, and how to analyze footage from movement-activated camera traps. Analyzing footage is time-consuming and will take up most of your time as a research fellow. It’s time well spent: your analysis will provide the objective evidence to answer the research questions and prepare the project’s findings for publication and sharing with other zoos.
All students who successfully complete the fellowship will earn a Certificate in Captive Animal Behavior Monitoring and Enrichment from Loop Abroad. University credit is not included. Work expectations are similar to an on-campus undergraduate research fellowship.
Students may apply from anywhere in the world. You must be fluent in English and have internet access and a computer with video playback, microphone, and sound. No experience with zoos or veterinary medicine is required.
Your tuition helps sponsors Lory Park Zoo and their animals during this time when they are closed to visitors.
**Since COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans for Summer 2020, we are heavily discounting tuition to help pre-veterinary students meet their goals.
We will also be offering an Early Enrollment Discount for Fall 2020 students who enroll by July 15.
Fellowship Full Tuition Fall 2020 Early Bird Rate Summer 2020 Only! 6-week fellowship $2000 $1495 $995 12-week fellowship $4000 $2695 $1795
There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this fellowship.
Each session is limited to 12 fellows to ensure one-on-one mentorship. Enrollment is rolling and sessions will close as soon as they fill. If a fellowship session is still listed here, there are still positions available.
"This was a great learning experience! We were able to spend a lot of time with the vets and they were constantly answering questions and sharing their knowledge. Strongly recommend this trip!"
Andrea G., Thailand College Veterinary Service 2016
Wright State University, Dayton, OH