UWE and Bristol Zoo initiative to create ready and able conservationists

Issue date: 03 October 2013

Staff at UWE and Bristol Zoo

A new course has been developed by UWE Bristol in partnership with Bristol Zoo Gardens.

The new BSc (Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science is the most recent collaboration between Bristol Zoo Gardens and UWE Bristol and it has been developed in consultation with local wildlife and conservation organisations, Slimbridge WWT, Bristol City Council, WWF-UK and Somerset Wildlife Trust.

The new initiative is born out of the need to tackle the huge challenges facing humanity of global environmental change and the mass extinction of species.

Programme Leader Dr Katy Ling says, “It is vital that we understand the causes and consequences of global biodiversity in order rise to the challenge of slowing the effects of climate change, nurturing sustainable development and improving food security. Our aim is to equip graduates with the scientific knowledge and understanding of global diversity and the consequences of its loss so they are prepared for careers in all aspects of wildlife conservation and can make a real contribution in this field.

“The course is designed for Biologists and Ecologists, and some modules will be delivered by Bristol Zoo staff in the zoos education centre. The course will be a mix of theory and practice and students will also have access to many habitats within the region such as the Severn Estuary, Avon Gorge and the Cotswolds'. We are really excited to be working with Bristol Zoo on this new initiative and looking forward to welcoming new students when they start with us next year.”

Simon Garrett, Head of Learning at Bristol zoo says, “Here at Bristol Zoo we're committed to conservation and this programme will enable students to make a real impact in this environment. We're thrilled to be working with UWE and very much look forward to welcoming and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.”

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