- Category: Essay
- Published: 07 August 2015
More than often, you hear people say that they have always known what they want to do with their lives. The statement is a common cliché with no serious meaning attached to it, but for me it is true. When I first visited the French Park as a child, I fell in love with animals in general. Specifically, I got drawn to the golden lion tamarin monkey. I got compelled by its beauty and friendliness. I felt sad to learn that this was one of the most endangered monkey species. I knew there and then that I wanted to dedicate my life protecting such animals.
Since that day in New Orleans, I have spent much of my time learning everything I can find about the golden lion tamarin monkey. As a high school student, I tried to read scholarly journals and articles on this species of monkeys. I gathered so much scientific facts about them that I could annoy my family and friends as I overwhelmed them with these facts. Through reading and watching documentaries, I mapped out their movement patterns.
Last summer when I was given an opportunity to work at the Green Park as an intern, I fell even more in love with these beautiful creatures. This internship taught me one important lesson: While I had always loved animals and wanted to study a course that would make me handle them directly, my strength was in a different field. I was not always good in sciences, which is a requirement to study a course in Zoology. However, I realized that I had strength that could still be of great value to the tamarin monkeys and other endangered animals. My skills as a communicator and my passion for outreach activities. During my internship at the park, I was able to help develop a series of interesting activities for the visitors to the park. The visitors could enjoy themselves while at the same time learn about protecting animals. I also worked closely with the Communication and Advocacy Director and came up with a program that would educate the locals on how they can be part of the conservancy efforts.
I joined an organization that protects animals besides my internship on a part-time basis. While at the organization, I joined hands with other young advocates of animal conservation and created an online campaign that was aimed at creating awareness of the organization and its efforts.
While the Rodcliff Foundation is known for awarding scholarships to prospective students in conservancy-related courses like zoology and environmental studies, I feel that communication is also a critical part of the efforts. The conservationists efforts would be a waste if they are not properly communicated. The public should be aware of what is expected of them with regards to conservancy. Whether it is saving the tamarin monkeys, reducing carbon foot print or general conservation efforts, information is important. Today, environmentalism is less scientific than it was before. This can be attributed to the communicators and public relations specialists who have simplified these efforts through campaigns. They have made these efforts known to many people . However, there is need for more creativity in protecting our endangered animals, there are other negative campaigns out there which are aimed at thwarting the efforts of the environmentalists.
I want to join the new conservationists who will help push back the formidable forces that do not support protection of our animals. Even though this is not the traditional conservation avenue, I hope you will give it considerations. I have been accepted to a communications undergraduate program at the University of California and I am looking forward to studying environmental studies as a minor. I am also in close contact with the conservancy organization who have sharpened my skills and will be invaluable in finding a job. Thank you for thinking outside the box as you consider my application.