Belfast Zoo
Show Menu
Show Search

Fully booked - Science behind the zoo

Date: 17 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018
Time: 9.15am - 2.15pm

Science behind the zoo

The zoo is a great place to work (even if we do say so ourselves) and there are many varied and meaningful career paths within the field of animal care, welfare and conservation.

Being a zoo keeper is so much more than just shovelling poo and hanging out with animals every day! Species around the world are increasingly threatened, with populations dramatically declining on a daily basis. The survival of these endangered species is increasingly dependent on the sustainability of zoo populations. Here at Belfast Zoo we take part in more than 60 global and collaborative breeding programmes. To ensure successful breeding we rely on the knowledge and skills of the keepers and veterinary team to keep the animals healthy and happy, while also understanding their behaviours. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of everything that we do and key to this is science.

Over 90 per cent of our animal care team are qualified in the science behind animal care, health, behaviour, nutrition and much more.

We know what a challenge it is to decide on your career path or to get your first step on the career ladder. If you are aged between 15 and 18, come along for a half day taster of life in the zoo, meet some of team including keepers, curators, educators, veterinary staff and get some hands on experience including the chance to go behind the scenes and also to create some enrichment items to support the mental well-being of our animals.

Our science behind the zoo half day sessions* run from 9.15am to 2.15pm and are £15 per person. The sessions are open to anyone aged 15 to 18 with ambitions of working in the zoology field.

  • Saturday 17 February - Fully booked
  • Saturday 24 February - Fully booked

* Each person may only book one of the sessions.

£15 per person.

How to book

  • Download our booking form
  • Complete all of the necessary details
  • Email the form back to
  • A member of our education team will get back to you to take payment and confirm your booking.

For more information call us on 028 9077 6277 extension 204.

Download our booking form
Science behind the zoo booking form
Download our Science behind the zoo booking form.