Earthwatch fellowship awarded to Mossbarger
The Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, Africa, home to leopards, elephants and rhinos, will play host to senior bird keeper Sherry Mossbarger for a research expedition July 6 to 17.
The expedition, organized through the Earthwatch Institute, will be monitoring an area once severely depopulated by poaching. In 2003, Earthwatch introduced 14 species of animals back to the area.
“The area went under a major reintroduction,” Mossbarger said. “The researchers on site want to make sure that the population is stable and growing. We will be radio-tracking tagged animals and identifying animals captured in photo traps.”
Mossbarger also will undergo training for spoor identification, tree and vegetation identification, and basic first aid.
The Dallas Zoo offers three fellowships for this expedition for zoo staff. The application process started in October 2012 and required the applicants to complete four essay questions submitted to three independent reviewers from Earthwatch.
Mossbarger has worked for the Dallas Zoo for 26 years and graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. She also has a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the daughter of LeRoy and Arlene Schmautz, of Mandan.