This course will further develop your knowledge and experience of zoological conservation and management and its communication to others, learning about the role of zoos in conservation, Species Specialist Groups and campaign management. Taxa specific modules will provide you with extensive knowledge of managing species for conservation. Your programme is currently based in the Conservation Education Centre at Bristol Zoo.
Collaborative by nature
SGS work in collaboration with Bristol Zoological Society's Conservation Science and Education Departments. You will learn from staff working actively within the field, involved in conservation activities in 15 countries around the world where they work with local communities, organisations and international academics. These experiences support and enhance the day to day delivery of the programme module content. It also offers you potential opportunities for research and other collaboration. You will focus on: communication and interpretation design (you will create, develop and implement a campaign event), and the role of zoos in species management for conservation (you will learn interactively about species-specific knowledge in managing breeding, social grouping and release programmes for conservation).You will learn through a variety of lectures, workshops, tutorials, field site visits and study trips.
You will also experience talks by visiting lecturers, Bristol Zoo staff and have the opportunity to join one of the end-of-year residential study trips. Your assessments will cover the key skills learned, through a written exam, academic essays and reports, presentations (in groups and individually), literature reviews, a research project and participating in face to face Q&As. It is an exciting time to study with us as you will experience first-hand the transition of Bristol Zoo Gardens to the new Bristol Zoo (currently Wild Place Project), and have a great opportunity to learn how a new zoo can develop.
The future of Bristol Zoo: An opportunity like no other
The closure of the original Bristol Zoo Gardens is a once in a lifetime and rather limited opportunity, you will witness first hand the closing down and dismantling of a long-established, historic site, and the development and transformation of a new Zoo. You will have private access to the zoo grounds during lectures, to carry out our usual observations and data collection, but as more animals are moved, this will gradually be carried out at the Wild Place Project, so your experiences will not only be uninterrupted but will be significantly enhanced by this unique opportunity.
Although closed to the public, Bristol Zoo Gardens remains operational and open to our students (with lots happening behind the scenes). Bristol Zoo Gardens will continue to be the home campus for this course alongside lectures at the University Centre WISE campus in North Bristol. You will also benefit from lectures and observation at the Wild Place Project, observing it's redevelopment to become the 'New Bristol Zoo'