Senior Macauley Callahan, Oregon Zoo Volunteer and Aspiring Veterinarian, Gains Experience and Discovers a Career Path

Callahan's work at the zoo has allowed him to "serve the people [at the zoo] and… take that passion and bring it into my own life."

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Senior Macauley Callahan, Oregon Zoo Volunteer and Aspiring Veterinarian, Gains Experience and Discovers a Career Path

Senior Macauley Callahan, a five year Oregon Zoo volunteer, has found his passion for animals and conservation, with hopes to become a veterinarian.

Senior Macauley Callahan, a five year Oregon Zoo volunteer, has found his passion for animals and conservation, with hopes to become a veterinarian.

Reilly Smith

Senior Macauley Callahan, a five year Oregon Zoo volunteer, has found his passion for animals and conservation, with hopes to become a veterinarian.

Reilly Smith

Reilly Smith

Senior Macauley Callahan, a five year Oregon Zoo volunteer, has found his passion for animals and conservation, with hopes to become a veterinarian.

By Samantha Kar, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

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Khaki bottoms, a watch, a name badge, close-toed shoes, and a ZooTeens shirt… this has been senior Macauley Callahan’s uniform for the past four summers as a volunteer at the Oregon Zoo through the ZooTeens program. In just a couple of months, Callahan will be spending his last summer with the program.

ZooTeens help visitors interact and learn about animals, even handling some themselves. They provide environmental education to zoo visitors, and talk about global and local conservation issues.

“A ZooTeen is just anybody who’s passionate about conservation, animals, trying to educate people, and [making] an impact on people’s visits to the zoo,” Callahan said.

First joining the program the summer before his freshman year, Callahan has gotten even more involved with ZooTeens throughout the years, becoming a team leader of the program and working with a smaller group called Conservation Corps during the school year.

The strong community Callahan has found and become a part of at the Oregon Zoo, along with the joy he gets from working with the animals, has become a defining aspect of his life and drawn him to pursue a career in animal science. Callahan hopes to eventually become a veterinarian, practicing and conducting research all around the world, before returning to Portland to be close to his family.

This story was originally published on The La Salle Falconer on April 17, 2019.