This programme is taught by a wide variety of professionals from research, field conservation and captive management backgrounds, which will help develop your knowledge of current zoo management practices by embedding you within the industry. Lecturers will bring to life protocols and case studies utilising first-hand experiences. The course aims to develop your knowledge of biology, behaviour and husbandry and expands in to more industry-specific skills such as the development of environmental enrichment, enclosure design and biological specimen assessment and identification. The theoretical delivery will be enhanced by interaction with industry specialists, field trips and practical workshops.
Utilising industry specialists and trips to field sites and collections, you will learn to critically evaluate a variety of conservation projects and display advanced knowledge of the role of ex situ animal collection staff and conservation scientists. The course also covers the role communication plays in zoological collections as both a tool for engaging visitors and spreading conservation messages.
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'.