Learning about Zoo Keeping gives you a head start for working with captive animals in any situation
Build your knowledge and understanding in:
- Animal health care
- Zoo keeping
- Vertebrate zoology
- Animal behaviour
With the choice of four electives which can move your focus from anywhere between marine animals and wildlife conservation.
Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Zoo Keeping is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Why do we have Zoos?
With changing attitudes towards zoos over the past 30 years, zoos have had to reconsider their purpose and function. Zoos now have to justify their reasons for keeping animals in captivity. Many zoos now recognise three main reasons for keeping animals in zoos, other than for recreational purposes. These are:
RESEARCH AND ZOOS
Having intimate access to a variety of animals, zoos are in the desirable position of being able to conduct research and acquire knowledge of these animals and how they live. Research undertaken in zoos is an important part of their conservation strategies. It is now a legal requirement in the UK for zoos to be involved in research that help meet conservation goals. Many of the larger zoos are involved in research which covers a wide range of areas such as:
- Animal Health and Nutrition
- Animal Behaviour
- Animal Husbandry Techniques
- Visitor Experiences
- Cooperative Research into Conservation of Threatened Species
- Recovery of Wildlife
- Self Assessment – how the zoo can improve particular functions.
Many of these zoos share their research information with other zoos and wildlife researchers. This is very important for the improved welfare of both captive and wild animals as well as increasing the effectiveness of zoos. Research can also form the basis for educational resources provided to zoo visitors and the general public.
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