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Education and Conservation
We are currently in the process of creating a brand new, unique learning environment and education programme to be up and running for February 2013.
We have already improved education around the park through new signage that aims to teach customers more about the animals we have, their life in the wild, as well as giving information on their conservation status.
Our existing daily talk and presentation programme has been expanded and improved, all of which aim to be interesting, educational and conservation based. We aim for every visitor to go away having learned something new about one of the amazing animals we share our planet with!
We also support EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and BIAZA’s (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) conservation campaigns through fund raising, educational signage and mini conservation talks at the end of other presentations. This year we have supported the Southeast Asia Campaign. Our falconry section also supports and fund raises for The Barn Owl Trust and has educational and informative signage around the section.
The exciting new education programme will see the opening of our new immersive and inspiring education room. This will have a complete jungle/rainforest theme from floor to ceiling and will create a truly enjoyable learning environment to fire up childrens passion for wildlife and the environment. As well as the fun décor, the room will also include artefact cabinets with specimens of insects, endoskeletons and exoskeletons for school groups and visitors alike to look at, as well as a selection of live animals in naturally furnished tanks and vivariums.
Many of the animals featured in this room will also be used in school group handling sessions that school groups can pre-book with us to really give their educational day an exciting, hands on twist.
An education programme of interactive and fun work sheets that are tailored to fit with the national curriculum and key stages 1-3 are also being drawn up and designed and school groups can book in for relevant ‘lesson’ sessions with our education officer.