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Science Behind the Zoo workshop 2024

Date: 23 March 2024 - 23 March 2024

Science Behind the Zoo workshop 2024

Are you interested in working at the zoo? 

The zoo is a great place to work. There are many varied and meaningful career paths within the field of animal care, welfare and conservation. 

Science Behind the Zoo is a one-day event for children and young people aged between 15 and 18 considering a zoo-related career. The event gives an introduction to different zoo careers and provides insight into key areas of animal husbandry, welfare and veterinary. A combination of classroom learning and interactive activity onsite is included. 

If you are aged between 15 and 18, book a place for a half day taster of life in the zoo, meet some of team including keepers, curators, educators, veterinary staff and get some hands on experience behind the scenes and also to create some enrichment items to support the mental well-being of our animals.

Workshop session

Our science behind the zoo event will run from 9.30am to 2.15pm and costs £25 per person. The price includes zoo admission.

The session is open to children aged between 15 and 18 with ambitions of working in the zoology field.

How to book a workshop place

To book a workshop place for a child, go to Book a Science behind the Zoo workshop for a child (link opens in new window).

To book if you're 18, go to Book a Science behind the Zoo workshop (link opens in new window).

For workshop information, email or call 028 9077 6277.

Working in a zoo

Being a zookeeper can be challenging but is very rewarding. Species around the world are increasingly threatened, with populations dramatically declining on a daily basis. The survival of these endangered species is increasingly dependent on the sustainability of zoo populations. Belfast Zoo takes part in more than 60 global and collaborative breeding programmes. To ensure successful breeding we rely on the knowledge and skills of the keepers and veterinary team to keep the animals healthy and happy, while also understanding their behaviours.  Wildlife conservation is at the heart of everything that we do and key to this is science.