A group of educational leaders from Saudi Arabia enjoyed a flying visit to DZG as part of a leadership and management course organised by Dudley College.
The men enjoyed a birds of prey display in the courtyard of 11th century Dudley Castle at the heart of the zoological gardens where they saw Harris hawk, Blake, take to the skies before learning of the site’s history from CEO Peter Suddock.
Fellow delegates stopped off at DZG last week to meet with our Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston – pictured below with the group where they heard about DZG’s unique partnershipwith Dudley College.
With the help of a translator, Dr Beeston gave an overview about the partnership, including our newest 12-month scheme where four young apprentices learn the ropes as zoo keepers for four days a week, while also studying at college on one day.
The group also heard about our two construction apprentices, who are currently working as part of TeamTecton, helping repair and restore the zoo’s iconic Modernist structures as well as the work we do with the college’s photography and media studies students.
Dr Beeston, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the group and tell them all about the work we do on site with the college.
“They seemed fascinated with the animals and castle and all went off on a tour of the site following my talk with cameras in hand.”