Issue date: 21 July 2003

ISSUE DATE: 21/07/03

Would your family like to take part in a research project that involves visiting Bristol or Paignton Zoo, filming animals and getting entered for a free holiday?

Researchers from the University of the West of England are conducting a study into how families engage with wildlife in zoos. The research project will cover the travel expenses and entrance fees for participating families, and each family’s name will be entered in a lottery to win a free holiday.

Nils Lindahl Elliot, who is leading the research, said, “We are asking families to visit one of the two zoos twice during the summer. For the first visit we will accompany the family. During the second visit we will give the family a video camera so that they can record what they enjoy most about the zoo. Finally we will visit the family at home and reflect on what they gained from the visit.”

At least one child must be aged between four and eight. Families living in Bristol can travel to Paignton Zoo and visa versa. There is a limit on the number of families needed for the project so contact the research team soon if you want to join in the fun.

If you would like to participate in the research please contact Adrian Evans as soon as possible, but no later than 4 August on 0117 344 4328.

E-mail zoo-research@uwe.ac.uk by post: Zoo Research Project, University of the West of England, School of Cultural Studies, St Matthias Campus, Oldbury Court Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2JP.


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