My Passion For Conservation Biology

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There were three boys in middle school who liked to tease the girls in my church; they especially enjoyed tormenting me and my two friends. I remember one particular occasion in which my friends and I were walking down the sidewalk and the boys approached us from the opposite direction. One of them was holding a lizard in his hand, and he thrust it into the faces of my friends. When they realized what it was, they screamed and stepped back a few steps. The boy then turned to me with a mischievous grin on his face and shoved the lizard in my direction. My response? A genuine cry of “Aww, how cute!” Needless to say, my answer spoiled their fun.
My family likes to joke that we are the strange ones who run to snakes, lizards, and other creepy crawlies while everyone else runs away from them. The curiosity about nature that I acquired from my family and my passion for conservation have been critical aspects of my identity for as long as I can remember. Early childhood encounters with animals and nature magazines like Zoobooks sparked my imagination and caused me to dream of one day working in a conservation-oriented career. As a Christian, however, I have also
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To put it another way, a student can major in conservation biology and become a ‘conservation biologist,’ but this term also includes other specializations and careers, such as conservation ecology, in which conservation is the main emphasis. In nearly all conservation biology research and restoration projects, the goal is to protect the environment while educating and assisting local people who are affected by poor environmental conditions and unsustainable living practices. Although I do not yet know which career specialization I want to pursue, I do know that I want to develop solutions through research that are beneficial for both endangered species and communities living in threatened

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