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ZSL Whipsnade launches educational outreach programme
Practical exercises will help students learn about wildlife and conservation.

Hands-on sessions on conservation to inspire students

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has launched a new outreach programme for local primary schools, with the aim of encouraging students to learn about and protect wildlife both locally and globally.

The interactive workshops will explore a wide range of topics – such as habitats, endangered animals, climate change and plastic pollution – with separate sessions for both Keystage 1 (KS1) and Keystage 2 (KS2) students.

Cat Hickey, education engagement manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo said: “At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo we know that people are more likely to act for causes they feel a connection to and are passionate about; and we want to inspire as many young people as possible to work for wildlife.

“Our sessions are aligned with the national curriculum, and with a focus on real conservation action that students can take home, we bring important environmental topics to life – using real-world examples from ZSL’s global conservation projects, from tackling illegal wildlife trade to boosting rare dormice numbers in the UK.”

Each session is hosted by a member of the zoo’s Learning team, who will provide insight into the role that zoos play in conservation. The team hopes that these sessions will spark students’ interest in STEM subjects and help them understand the close link between wildlife health and human health.

Workshops will run Monday to Friday, from the 1 September to 31 May.

Image (c) ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk