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  • Locations: Orlando, United States
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: Drake applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2019 04/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/22/2019 01/26/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Drake Administered Housing Options: Hotel
Credit Type: Drake Credit Language of Instruction: English
Provider: Drake University
Program Description:
BIO/ENSP 063: Zoo Biology
Michael Renner
This course will provide a hands-on overview of the field of zoo biology, with emphases on the role of zoos in conservation, species survival plans, captive management of small populations of exotic animals (especially including endangered species), and the use of behavioral research and environmental enrichment methods in captive animal welfare. The course will have a significant component of experiential learning, including participation in ongoing and student-initiated behavioral research in a zoo setting.

For the first two weeks, we will do our work on the Drake campus and at the Blank Park Zoo (located at 7401 SW 9th Street, just South of Army Post Road, near Fort Des Moines and the Des Moines Airport). We will be working outside some of the time. Dress appropriately for this context. Our schedule is subject to adjustment with little or no notice, depending on weather conditions.

In the third week, we will travel to Orlando, Florida, for a three-day intensive examination of the design, husbandry practices, and management of visitor experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which is a state-of-the-art zoological park. We expect outdoor conditions while in Florida to be moderate.

Estimated Range for 2019: $1,730-1,930 Airfare NOT included.