Wild about summer academies

Dozens of youngsters went wild at DZG this summer by joining our academies.

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Throughout the last six weeks presenters have been leading a packed programme of events for animal-loving children, aged from eight to 17.

Presenter, Caroline Howard, said: “We’ve been really busy over the holiday season with the Go Wild Adventures, Rangers and Keeper Training Academy.

“The youngsters have all had fun getting hands- on animal experience, as well as finding out what really goes on behind the scenes of a busy zoo.

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“They’ve taken part in animal feeds, quizzes and games, studied important conservation issues and worked on enclosure design projects.

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“We’ve also made enrichment activities for some of the site’s animal collection, by getting creative with papier mache as well as taking part in veterinary tasks including blow piping a life size cut-out Saola, weighing a guinea pig and reading a microchip in a cuddly orang utan toy.

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“Everyone has had a great time and they can’t wait to sign up for next year!”

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