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Youngsters take part in ‘zookeeper academy programme’ at Blackpool Zoo

One of the young people taking part in the Future Zoo programme at Blackpool Zoo
One of the young people taking part in the Future Zoo programme at Blackpool Zoo
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The first cohort of pupils have taken part in a new scheme at Blackpool Zoo to get more people working with animals.

Three groups of 14 to 17-year-olds, including from Cardinal Allen in Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood, completed a three-day ‘Future Zoo’ course.

Launched by the zoo and Myerscough College, it saw them taking part in a ‘zookeeper academy programme’, which included classroom and hands-on learning, and completing a portfolio for any future college and university applications.

The zoo’s head of education Rebecca Reynolds said: “This project aims to connect students to animals and immerse them in real-life stories of wildlife conservation.”