What is a Mammalogist?

A Mammologist is a kind of zoologist who specialises in the study of mammals – both living and extinct.

What is a mammal?

A mammal is a warm-blooded vertebrate (animal with a spine). There are approximately 4 200 species of mammals on our planet.

A Mammalogist may study a variety or groups of species or they may just focus on one.

Mammology can be divided into 7 major areas:

  1. Habitat
  2. Food
  3. Predators
  4. Reproduction
  5. Social structures
  6. Classifications
  7. Evolution

What does a Mammalogist do?

  • they study the physical properties (anatomy) of mammals by conducting dissections
  • the research its behaviour and role in ecosystems
  • they study the evolution of the species
  • they study habitats and social interactions of these mammals
  • they share their finding with other scientists
  • they publish finding in scientific journals

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about animals?
  • scientifically astute?
  • inquisitive?
  • willing to work on your own?
  • a person who loves hours and hours of research?
  • patient?
  • empathic and caring?
  • responsible?
  • dedicated?

How do I become a Mammalogist?

Most Mammalogists start their career doing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) at one of our local universities.

Once you have your BSc it is recommended you do an Honours and PhD degrees in, for instance:

  • Zoology
  • Mammalogy
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology etc

It will depend on you and what you want to study. Check your local university for their choices.


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Herpetologist … or … Game Ranger

Is becoming a Mammalogist the right career choice for me?