RZSS Education

RZSS Specialist Sessions


Here at RZSS, we have a wealth of knowledge across many subject areas from the most obvious (animal science and captive breeding) to the less obvious (the knowledge behind our business, marketing, HR and IT). Whatever area you are studying at college or university, we hope we have something of interest in our Specialist Sessions

All lectures are just £8 and include access to the Zoo or Highland Wildlife Park for the whole day, so book now to hear from the professionals, gather great case study evidence to support your studies and also enjoy a fun day out. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

RZSS Specialist Sessions

 

Captive Population Management

Two keepers with a penguin chick

Session Aims:

  • To gain insight into studbook management
  • To learn about how we avoid inbreeding in limited captive populations
  • To learn about partnerships between zoos and how the industry regulates itself

Target Audience: Any animal related studies

Session Date: Tuesday 19th February, 11:30am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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IT Management in a Tourist Attraction

Red panda

Session Aims:

  • To understand the importance of IT infrastructure in non-office based environments
  • To gain an insight into weather (and animal) proofing sites
  • To learn more about changes in IT and how these are impacting the tourism industry (tills, digital interp, education)

Target Audience: IT students, computing and networking

Session Date: Tuesday 14th May, 13:00pm

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Animal Behaviour and Cognition

A chimp at Edinburgh Zoo

Session Aims:

  • To provide an overview of the purpose of studying animal cognition
  • To present the range of projects undertaken at Edinburgh Zoo research centres
  • To learn about the importance of public engagement in science

Session Date: Friday 24th May, 10:30am, Friday 22nd November, 10:30am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Conservation Genetics

A scientist in the conservation lab

Session Aims:

  • Define the term conservation genetics and understand the types of questions it can answer
  • Understand the laboratory techniques required to generate suitable genetic data, from sample collection to DNA extraction and genotyping methods
  • Describe the limitations of genetic analyses in a conservation setting
  • Give examples of where genetic analyses have contributed to conservation decision-making

Session Date: Friday 15th March, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Construction and Sustainability within Zoos

RZSS Property and Estates workers

Session Aims:

  • To highlight career opportunities available within conservation construction
  • To gain an overview of Zoo design, incorporating modern construction and resource efficiency into new builds and modernising existing buildings

Target Audience: Construction, building and engineering students

Session Date: Wednesday 27th March, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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The Use of Marketing to Drive Footfall

Edinburgh Zoo marketing on the side of a Lothian Bus

Session Aims:

  • To learn how the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland uses marketing to drive footfall to both Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park
  • To understand the use of mass market advertising and direct marketing within a visitor attraction
  • To gain an insight into the increasing importance of digital marketing across the sector

Target Audience: Business students, specifically marketing, advertising, public relations

Session Date: Wednesday 3rd April, 11:00am, Wednesday 6th November, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Tourism at the Highland Wildlife Park

Hamish the polar bear at Highland Wildlife Park

Session Aims:

  • To understand the challenges of running an outdoor visitor attraction in a rural highland location, compared to a city venue
  • To learn more about operational procedures
  • To gain an insight into hospitality, retail and events

Target Audience: Business students, hospitality, catering, retail, tourism, travel and events students

Session Date: Friday 31st May, 12:00pm

Location: Education Centre, Highland Wildlife Park

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Educational Delivery in a Non-Traditional Environment

Outdoor learning at Edinburgh Zoo

Session Aims:

  • To gain an overview of the importance of informal learning to the core curriculum
  • To learn more about learning space design and the opportunities for outdoor learning
  • To gain an insight into the many learning opportunities available across RZSS
  • To find out about the role of learning technology outside the classroom

Target Audience: Anyone studying education (PgCE, or specifically outdoor education or early years)

Session Date: Wednesday 2nd October, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Cat Conservation

Scottish Wildcat

Session Aims:

  • Define the term conservation genetics and understand the types of questions it can answer.
  • Understand the laboratory techniques required to generate suitable genetic data, from sample collection to DNA extraction and genotyping methods.
  • Describe the limitations of genetic analyses in a conservation setting.
  • Give examples of where genetic analyses have contributed to conservation decision-making.

Session Date: Wednesday 16th October, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Human Resource Management in a Tourist Attraction

Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo

Session Aims:

  • To gain an insight into the unique application of human resource management in a zoo
  • To highlight interesting case studies from the zoo and highland wildlife park
  • To appreciate the recruitment and training challenges of zoo life

Target Audience: Human Resource management students (possibly MSc, CPD) but also business studies students generally

Session Date: Wednesday 23rd October, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Tourism, Hospitality and Events at Edinburgh Zoo

Giant Lanterns event at Edinburgh Zoo

Session Aims:

  • To learn more about the operational side of running a tourist attraction in Scotland’s capital city
  • To gain an insight into the world of hospitality and events in an outdoor attraction

Target Audience: Business students, hospitality, catering, retail, tourism, travel and events students

Session Date: Friday 25th October, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Charity Fundraising

Giant panda at Edinburgh Zoo

Session Aims:

  • To understand the importance of charity fundraising for large scale, complex organisations
  • To gain an insight into some of the fundraising campaigns in use and the techniques being applied
  • To learn more about the different routes to fundraising; grants, trusts, legacies, public campaigns, patrons etc

Target Audience: Business students, CPD for fundraisers

Session Date: Wednesday 13th November, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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Interpretation and Exhibition Design

Ruby and Zed at Edinburgh Zoo

Session Aims:

  • To learn more about planning and delivering interpretation for an outdoor attraction
  • To gain an insight into the design process and challenges
  • To understand the importance of play in learning
  • To consider the wider role of public engagement opportunities in zoos

Target Audience: Exhibition design and science communication, public engagement students

Session Date: Wednesday 27th November, 11:00am

Location: Education Centre, Edinburgh Zoo

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