The 1 week Practical Training programme at Blackpool Zoo includes both theoretical and practical learning with a focus on experiential learning. Blackpool Zoo is a 32-acre zoo located in Blackpool, Lancashire, England - this well regarded zoo provides excellent, well established practical training and is home to over 1,350 animals from all over the world including lions, tigers, elephants, gorillas, zebras, flamingos, penguins, ostriches, owls, tortoises and more.
The practical training is tailored to each small group and includes:
Enclosure design (including Project Elephant)
Primates - with a focus on enrichment and diets
Education (including conservation and sustainability)
Animal training/behaviour (specifically elephant and sea lion)
Reptiles, Invertebrates - with a focus on specialist care
Zoo administration: Including ZIMs, EEPs, Stud book management, Zoo licensing
Research - this includes allocated time for personal project
There will be direct contact with a number of key species including giraffes, penguins, prosimians, aardvarks, tapirs, sea lions.
This Zookeeper qualification is open to anyone aged 16 or over. No prior qualifications are necessary. Please note, accommodation and food is not included in the course fees. Course fees must be paid in full prior to attending the practical placement.
Next practical training dates:
11 - 15 May 2020
20 - 24 July 2020
7 - 11 September 2020
12 - 16 October 2020