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RZSS Education

Role of the Modern Zoo


Availability: Edinburgh Zoo, Highland Wildlife Park

Length of lesson: 1 hour 50 minutes

Maximum Class Size: 33 


An overview of the role of modern zoos as centres for conservation, education and research. This topic includes a tour and a workshop that allows students to discuss the dilemmas that zoo and conservation organisations face regularly. Problems such as choosing which animals to have in the zoo, how to enrich the animals that we keep and how to help conserve animals and their habitats in-situ. 

Session Outline:

The session begins with an introduction to zoos and the work that they have done and now undertake. The group will have the opportunity to find out more about how global zoos work together, captive breeding programmes, in-situ conservation programmes and the research that takes place. The session finishes with a tour of some of the species that have been talked about inside to clarify some of the themes that have been covered.

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