RZSS Education

RZSS Short Courses

Introduction to Zoo Conservation Science


Friday 27th January - 24th March 2017 (no class 17th February) 2-4pm


An 8 week introductory level course into the research and conservation that the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is involved in. The course will cover some of the RZSS on-site research and also include information on the RZSS conservation work both in the UK and abroad.

Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park Sessions will include classroom talks and discussions and time in the zoo


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Advanced Zoo and Wildlife Conservation


Tuesday 24th January - 21st March 2017 (no class 14th February) 1:30-3pm


£60 (concessionary rate £30)


This is an advanced lecture series into the various aspects of conservation and research at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The course will include information on local and global conservation as well as in-situ and ex-situ research.

Sessions will be in the format of classroom based discussions and guest lectures.  

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Pollinator Identification for Beginners

Sat 13 May 2017 - 10:00 – 17:00 BST - £40

Should you be wary of that wasp, or happy to see a harmless hoverfly? Come and learn how to identify common groups of pollinators including bumblebees, honeybees, hoverflies and more. This short course is an introduction to the identification of common groups and species of flower-visiting insects, which will cover the fascinating world of pollination ecology and some of the issues facing pollinators today.

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Introduction to Ferns

Sat 27 May 2017 - 10:00 – 17:00 BST - £40

This short day course gives an insight into the amazing life-cycle of ferns; where they come from, how they spread, how to begin to identify them. We will spend some time outside looking at the common species of native ferns that grow nearby. Led by Heather McHaffie

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For any questions please phone the Edinburgh Zoo Education Centre 0131 314 0335.

The above short courses are run in partnership with the Field Studies Council.

From Tigers to Tabbies – An Introduction to Feline Behaviour


Sunday October 8th 2017 (10:15am – 5:00pm)




A one day short course that illustrates how RZSS focuses on the care of cats in our parks and in the wild. Come and discover how we monitor their behaviour and welfare in the zoo as well as learning more about your feline friends at home.

The session will include enrichment building and behaviour monitoring of some of our exotic cats at HWP as well as some activities related to domestic felines.


Eventbrite - From Tigers to Tabbies – An Introduction to Feline Behaviour


ZOO21012: Animals: Wildlife Health and Disease

Starting Tuesday 22 September 2015, 10.30am to 12.30, 8 week course, (no class on 13 Oct – mid term break). Edinburgh Zoo Education Centre.


Booking via City of Edinburgh Adult Learning; people can register on the first morning.


This is an "introductory" course into wildlife health and deisease, including veterinary care research and studies about animal self-medication at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. It will include work from the Conservation and Research teams of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and external speakers. The course will include opportunities to meet staff that care for animals in zoos, as well as gain an understanding of animal health care and research in the wild.


By the end of the course, students will have:

- acquired an understanding of how RZSS and other conservation organisations are involved in research to further improve wildlife health;

- the ability to discuss the wide field of animal disease;

- the ability to discuss and form opinions upon wildlife conservation and the techniques used to support species and habitats.


Talks/lectures/Power point presentations and discussions. There will be a range of different speakers during the 8 weeks and opportunity to see the Zoo.


Appropriate clothing and footwear to be worn for walking around the zoo which is on a hill. Notebook/pen if desired. Admission to the zoo is included (participants pay the course fee). Refreshments if required are at own expense.


Some general animal knowledge is helpful but not required.
Note: You are welcome to stay in the zoo the remainder of the day after your lesson if you wish.


Edinburgh Zoo adult classes are run through the Edinburgh City Council adult learning programme. For booking please see the Edinburgh City Council web site.

This course will run from Tuesday 22 September 2015, 10.30am to 12.30, 8 week course, (no class on 13 Oct – mid term break). Edinburgh Zoo Education Centre.
Class times are Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm