Evening course offers insight into Zoo conservation

Budding wildlife conservationists can find out what goes on behind the scenes at Bristol Zoo as it offers a Wildlife Conservation evening course.

The eight week course runs from 28 September until 23 November and offers an insight into the conservation activities of Bristol Zoological Society.

The course will be delivered by a variety of Bristol Zoo professionals including keepers, vets and members of the education and research teams. Subjects covered include conservation issues, challenges and breeding, human-wildlife interactions, animal health and UK native species, invasive species and urban wildlife.

Gráinne McCabe, head of field conservation and science at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “If anyone ever wanted to know about how the animals in the Zoo contribute to the conservation of their species in the wild, how we work with Heathrow customs to take in confiscated animals and how we take the knowledge of zoo vet practices and use them in conservation medicine projects in the wild, then they should sign up to this fascinating evening course.”

The course will be discussion-based with some readings on topical conservation issues in the news, an insight into the Zoo’s conservation of species and their habitats in the wild, visits from some animals and guest talks from some staff involved in conservation projects.

The course is open to anyone aged 18 and over and runs on Thursday evenings from September 29 until 24 November, from 7-9pm, with a one week break for half term. The cost is £120.

To find out more, visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-conservation-classes

To book onto the course, please contact the education team at Bristol Zoo Gardens via email education@bristolzoo.org.uk.


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