Q&A: Wildlife Rehabilitation as a full time career?

Question by Jay Tsu: Wildlife Rehabilitation as a full time career?
I’m a senior in high school right now and I haven’t filled out any college stuff. I had been going through major depression and I got to the point where I tried to commit suicide by overdosing. Now that I’m back from the programs, I need to go through school again. I’m interested in wildlife rehabilitation and I wonder if that can work as a full time career in the future after I get the right education and handson/volunteer experience. I don’t want to be one of those people who work for stockpiling money who end up dying with a fancy car, house, and a crap load of money. It makes me ask what the meaning of life is and that’s the whole reason why I was going to give up my life. Well anyway any information on getting into a wildlife career in general plus experience would be helpful. Thank you and sorry for the morbid post. I didn’t mean to offend anyone.

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Answer by eskie lover
Yes it can be a full time career. There is a wildlife rehabilitation center up in the San Gabriel mountains run by Tipi Hedron of The Birds fame and several others around the country. You can start by volunteering with a wildlife rescue organization (there are several in my area) to get experience and find out the career paths. You can also work as a volunteer in many zoo programs, as well. In my area, there is the San Diego Wild Animal park that offers internships as well. Inquire in your area about the requirements and qualifications to participate. Good luck.

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