Sam succeeds!

Congratulations go to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our latest fully-qualified recruit!

Sam has successfully passed the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course.

The 25 year-old, said: “I’m delighted to have passed the course, it’s been hard work so it’s a relief to have finished.”

The DMZAA is run in partnership with BIAZA and Sparsholt College in Hampshire and is designed for people already working in the zoo community and our own Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston is the Midlands’ regional co-ordinator for the course.

The course consists of 18 assignments – ten in the first year and eight in the second, which take on average about 30 hours of time to complete and cover a range of zoo keeping topics including animal conservation, care, nutrition and enclosure design, which have to be completed around their daily animal care duties.

Curator Richard Brown, said: “This qualification is the industry standard for training zoo keepers and we’re keen for all DZG keeping staff to complete it.

“We’re delighted to have another member of our staff succeed through the course.”