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West Liberty, Good Zoo Partner on New Degree Program


West Liberty University is offering a new bachelor’s degree program in zoo science for biology majors.

West Liberty President Stephen Greiner says the university’s College of Sciences is partnering with the Good Zoo at Wheeling’s Oglebay Resort for the degree program, which will prepare students to work in zoo and aquarium management.

“We just signed the partnership with Oglebay Resort and the Good Zoo for that new major in zoo sciences, which is tremendous because there were only four programs like that in the country and this is the only program that partners with a zoo. So the kinds of hands-on training that our students are going to get is priceless.”

Assistant professor of biology Joe Greathouse says in addition to the hands-on training, students will participate in wildlife conservation research.

The Good Zoo has 70 species and is the state’s only zoo accredited by the nonprofit Association of Zoos and Aquariums.