DZG Trainee Keeper, Steph Sawyer, is hoping her hard work pays off after sitting end of year exams.
Steph joined seven other trainees from Drayton Manor, Twycross Zoo and West Midlands Safari Park to sit their first year exams as part of the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals in DZG’s Discovery Centre.
DZG Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, who is also the Regional Co-ordinator for the course, said: “The students have to sit two two-hour papers, which tests them on everything they have studied over the last year, including animal health and welfare, zoo history, conservation and research.
“It’s a very demanding course to be on, but one which reinforces the high quality practical skills required here at DZG.
“Trainees have to continue with their daily keeping jobs, while studying in virtual classrooms in their spare time. Hopefully they will have all successfully achieved the passes needed to qualify for the second year of the course.”