This course is open to anyone interested in the topic, but primarily aimed at college and university students (past or present), who do not currently work within a zoo or aquarium setting, but are looking to do so as a career. This course is not only for those interested in a career in education/presenting, but also future keepers, as more and more job descriptions require animal care staff to conduct public talks and displays.
To keep course costs down, delegates are required to provide their own lunches. The workshop registration fee includes:
~ Workshop materials over the 3 days.
~ Tea, coffee and biscuits during the scheduled breaks.
~ Access to facility during lunch and tea breaks.
What you will learn
Over 3 days participants will gain an overview in useful skills and ideas implementable within a public animal collection, with the aim to provide valuable experience and useful skills for your CV. Please note you must be 18 or over to attend this course.
The course is roughly split between lecture and practical components. Lecture topics include: The role of zoos in education, presentation ethics and looking at how animals are portrayed if trained for shows, alternatives to animal feeds and moving away from ‘tricks’ to education based demonstrations. Interactive sessions will explore presentation skills, critiques of an animal talk and show, and the final day of the course will allow the opportunity for participants to apply these principles, as delegates design and test their own public enclosure presentations in front of the animal enclosures at the Zoo.