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Undergraduate Student

Keegan Mobley

Junior, Wildlife Science


I’d like to say that my interest in wildlife began when I used to visit my grandparents in Florida. I would play with the anoles on the screen patio and with the frogs around my grandmother’s koi pond all the time. I also remembered the many times when my grandparents yelled at me for playing with the snakes in the pool instead of getting out. I even saw iguanas and toucans in the backyard from time to time, exotic species that were unfortunately freed from zoos as a result of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

As much fun as it was to see animals occasionally, that’s all it was—fun. I really only interacted with wildlife when I went to see my grandparents in the summer; otherwise I just played videogames inside most the time. The thought of studying wildlife as a career never crossed my mind, even as I applied to Virginia Tech. I was originally an engineering major, but quickly switched to biology hoping there would be less math and physics. I found out there wasn’t. My advisor suggested that wildlife science would be more my speed. I took a few wildlife and forestry classes before I switched majors again, and I’ve never been the same since.

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