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Science behind the Zoo

Date: 05 Oct 2019
Time: 9.15am-2.15pm

science behind the zoo

Join our zoo educators, curators and veterinary staff for a fun-filled day of learning about the varied career paths available at the zoo!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in the zoo?

We are inviting young people aged 15 to 18 to come and learn more about the varied career paths available within the field of animal care, welfare and conservation by joining us at our 'Science behind the Zoo' event.

The event will allow young people who currently have an ambition of working in the zoology field to gain a taster of working life in the zoo. The one-day event gives participants the chance to meet zoo educators, curators and veterinary staff through a combination of classroom learning, hands-on experience and behind-the-scenes activity in the region’s only zoo.

Being a zookeeper consists of much more than just shovelling poo and hanging out with animals every day! Over 90 per cent of our animal care team are qualified in animal care, health, behaviour, nutrition or other recognised courses. Species all 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 and animal care is at the heart of everything we do, and key to this is science.

We know how challenging it can be to decide on your career path or how difficult it is to get your first step on the career ladder.  If you are considering a career in the field of animal care, come along to our half-day taster of life in the zoo where all your questions can be answered!


The event will run from 9.15am to 2.15pm. The session is open to anyone aged between 15 and 18 years old who has ambitions of working in the zoology field.

Sign up

To sign-up for this event, download and complete the attached form at the bottom of this page. Completed versions of the form should be sent to the following email:


£25 per person.

For further information, contact the team via: Telephone: 028 9077 6277 (extension 204)


Download and complete the sign-up form today!