Inspiring budding zoologists


DZG has helped launch a national educational initiative, aimed at broadening the aspirations of primary school children.

Presenter Pam Midwood visited Birmingham Library for the launch of Primary Futures and spoke to 40 pupils from Tipton Green and Oak Meadow School, Wolverhampton, about the career of a zoologist and the importance of education.

Pam said: “It was a great event and I spoke to the children about what a typical day is like at DZG and about my own qualifications.

“The aim of the event was to highlight the importance of a school education and to raise awareness of some of the more unusual jobs that people can have.

“I spoke about a zoo’s role in conservation and explained how zoo keeping isn’t just about cute and cuddly animals, but needs a lot of dedication and hard work.”

Primary Futures has been developed by the National Association of Headteachers to inspire children and help them make connections between school lessons and future careers.


Pam was accompanied by a few species from the Discovery Centre, including Muffin the chinchilla and hissing cockroaches, Pierre and Marie, plus animal skins and other biofacts to help reinforce the importance of conservation.