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
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.
Sat 18 March 2017 - 10:00 – 17:00 GMT - £40
Geology teaches us about life in the past and how it changed in step with an evolving Earth. Come and learn how to read the rocks and gain an appreciation of Scotland’s amazing 3.8 billion year geological back story.
Introduction to Tracking
Sat 1 April 2017 - 10:00 – 17:00 BST - £40
There is often a wealth of wildlife on our doorsteps although some of it can be elusive. In this workshop we will explore some common tracks and signs left by a range of animals. Bring out the nature detective in you and get a glimpse into the secret lives of our native wildlife!
Reptiles and Amphibians
Sat 22 April 2017 - 10:00 – 17:00 BST - £40
Learn all about Scotland's wild amphibians and reptiles; how to find them, how to identify and record them, what they need and the threats they face. We will practice identification in the classroom and, subject to weather conditions, visit a site outdoors. This is an introductory course for anyone beginning to learn about amphibians and reptiles.
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.
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
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 (10:15 – 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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the mailing list for this event.
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