Upcoming adult courses:
Animals: The role of the modern zoo
Friday 29th September - 24th November 2017 (no class 20th October) 2-4pm
This is an "introductory" course into the behind the scenes running of the two zoological sites that are managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The course will cover various aspects of running a modern zoo including captive animal management, zoo education and enclosure design. By the end of the course, students will have: acquired an understanding of captive animal care that the RZSS is involved in; the ability to discuss the wide range of roles and responsibilities within a zoo setting; and the opportunity to discuss and form opinions upon zoo management practices and the techniques used to support captive conservation breeding programmes.
Advanced Zoo and Wildlife Conservation
Tuesday 26th September – 21st November 2017 (no class 17th October) 1:30-3pm
£60, £40 concessionary rate, £30- Volunteers or members
This is an advanced lecture series into the various aspects of conservation and research at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. This 8-week term will be focusing on different habitats and the conservation work that the RZSS and our partners are involved in within them. The 1 ½ hour sessions each week will be in the format of classroom based discussions and guest lectures.
From Tigers to Tabbies – An Introduction to Feline Behaviour
Sunday October 8th 2017 (10:30am – 3:30pm)
Highland Wildlife Park
£50 course fee (RZSS volunteers £30)
£30 travel fee
Come and discover why cats behave the way they do, how we monitor their behaviour and welfare in the parks 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 as well as activities related to domestic felines.
This short course includes online content before and after a 1 day session at the Highland Wildlife Park. The online classroom will be accessible 1 week before and 2 weeks after the course. You will need to submit a homework assignment to complete the course.
Travel and Course Time
If you wish to travel with us to the Park we will be leaving Edinburgh Zoo at 8am and returning by 6pm.
If you wish to make your own way to the Park the course will run from 10:30am - 3:30pm.
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.
GENERAL AIM OF THE COURSE:
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.
GENERAL APPROACH TO THE COURSE:
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.
MATERIALS REQUIRED BY STUDENTS:
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.
HOW TO BOOK:
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