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Lifelong learning for wildlife lovers

Date: 20 Feb 2019

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Older people are being invited to discover more about wildlife conservation and native species at Belfast Zoo next month, as part of the Belfast Festival of Learning.

We will host our first ‘Wildlife in Danger’ workshops which will include learning around habitat destruction, illegal hunting and animal trade, as well as exploring the reasons why some of the world’s animal species are facing extinction today.

These lifelong learning events will take place on 6 and 7 March as part of the Belfast Festival of Learning. The festival aims to engage local citizens in learning and inspire interest and enjoyment through interactive learning events and workshops. It caters for all interests and abilities, from the very young to still young-at-heart.

John Fisher, Education Officer at Belfast Zoo, said: “We are delighted to host our first Belfast Festival of Learning event. As the only zoo in Northern Ireland, it is important that Belfast Zoo provides an engaging education service for people of all ages to learn about endangered habitats and animals, including native species. Belfast Zoo is home to 120 species, many of which are facing the threat of extinction. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our ‘Wildlife in Danger’ sessions where they can learn how to contribute to global and local conservation.”

John continued: “Education is an essential role of all modern zoos and learning about conservation should be considered a lifelong skill. In a world of diminishing habitats, disappearing species and increasing urbanisations, zoos are uniquely placed to connect people to the natural world.  Zoos reach millions of people all over the world, most of them living in urban areas and having little or no other contact with nature. Participants at ‘Wildlife in Danger’ workshops can also find out about volunteering opportunities at Belfast Zoo, through which they can pass on their conservation learning to other zoo visitors”.

We take part in more than 60 global and collaborative breeding programmes, several of which are managed by our own staff. The zoo supports a number of in situ conservation campaigns around the world including the Asian nature Conservation Foundation, Sifaka Conservation Trust, Bird Watch Ireland barn owl project and Lion tamarins of Brazil Fund.

To book your place on one of these workshops:

Call 028 9077 6277 ext 204 or email fisherj@belfastcity.gov.uk