Innovative programme boosts enrichment

157aRSA students have been helping to enrich the lives of animals at DZG and boosting their own education in the process.

As a result of a unique ongoing partnership between the zoo and nearby independent school, RSA Academy in Tipton, teenagers are learning about animal welfare and husbandry through a project organised by DZG’s Education department.

Pupils from the innovative academy have been taking part in a 157bseries of workshops to make enrichment devices for various species of zoo animals. The artworks entertain them and encourage natural behaviour, like hunting and foraging.

The school has been keen to work with the DZG as the Academy’s Opening Minds approach to education encourages pupils to take part in a range of hands-on activities within the local community as a way of learning new skills and developing confidence.

Lesley James, Director of Business Development at the RSA 157cAcademy, said: “We are delighted to be working with DZG. The workshops give our students the opportunity to understand more about animal welfare and husbandry in a hands-on situation.”

DZG’s Chief Executive Peter Suddock said: “We are really pleased to continue our partnership with the Academy, in what has been a hugely rewarding project.”

CAPTION: RSA students learn about enrichment with DZG’s three Asiatic lions.