FUTURE generations of zoologists and conservationists have been busy behind the scenes at Knowsley Safari Park.
The Junior Ranger club for 12 to 14 year-olds and the Intrepid Explorers group for eight to 11 year-olds have been getting to know the animals. The weekend zoo school has proved so popular that four, three day summer sessions have been added to the schedule.
The Safari is also celebrating the success of an inaugural Academy session featuring an intensive five-day course that offers behind the scenes insight into animal care for 15 - 18 year olds.
The course, attended by 12 youngsters, has been designed by the Safari’s dedicated education team committed to developing the skills of the vets, zoologists, conservationists and keepers of the future.
Nikki Burton, Knowsley Safari’s education officer explained: “The courses, including the new Academy, offer a wide variety of experiences including a 360 degree view of life as a keeper. Children are able to get their hands dirty with practical husbandry experiences and learn about animal behaviour, anatomy and diet.
“Additionally, workshop sessions allowed the older students time to debate with staff about current hot topics, including the potential legalisation of rhino horn and whether zoos and safaris should use shock tactics to communicate conservation messaging to the public.”
For more information on available courses visit www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk