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Science behind the zoo - *Fully Booked*

Date: 23 Mar 2019
Time: 9:15am to 2:15pm

Science behind the Zoo

So you want to work at a 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% 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 event will run from 9.15am to 2.15pm and cost £25 per person. The session is open to anyone aged 15 to 18 with ambitions of working in the zoology field.


£25 per person.

This event is now fully booked.

Future dates for Science Behind the Zoo will be announced on Belfast Zoo's website and social media channels. 

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