A zoologist is a scientist who studies animals. Zoologists are experts on everything about animals, from their cells to the history of their evolution.

If you love and are fascinated by animals, you might decide to become a zoologist. Your major in college will probably be zoology, which is a branch of biology focusing on all animals — even those that are extinct. A zoologist may end up doing research, or work as a zookeeper in a zoo. Zoologist shares a root with zoology, the Latin zoologia, which combines the Greek words zoion, "animal," and logia, "study."

Definitions of zoologist

n a specialist in the branch of biology dealing with animals

animal scientist
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Karl von Frisch
Austrian zoologist noted for his studies of honeybees (1886-1982)
Jane Goodall
English zoologist noted for her studies of chimpanzees in the wild (born in 1934)
Alfred Charles Kinsey
United States zoologist best known for his interview studies of sexual behavior (1894-1956)
Konrad Zacharias Lorenz
Austrian zoologist who studied the behavior of birds and emphasized the importance of innate as opposed to learned behaviors (1903-1989)
Nikolaas Tinbergen
Dutch zoologist who showed that much animal behavior is innate and stereotyped (1907-1988)
John James Audubon
United States ornithologist and artist (born in Haiti) noted for his paintings of birds of America (1785-1851)
Edward Osborne Wilson
United States entomologist who has generalized from social insects to other animals including humans (born in 1929)
Alexander Wilson
Scottish ornithologist in the United States (1766-1813)
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bug-hunter, bugologist, entomologist
a zoologist who studies insects
a zoologist who studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
a zoologist who studies reptiles and amphibians
a zoologist who studies fishes
a zoologist specializing in the study of mollusks
one skilled in the study of mammals
bird watcher, ornithologist
a zoologist who studies birds
a zoologist who studies protozoans
butterfly collector, lepidopterist, lepidopterologist
an entomologist who specializes in the collection and study of butterflies and moths
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biologist, life scientist
(biology) a scientist who studies living organisms

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