As part of International Wildlife Day, Dr Julia Casperd explains the educational benefits trips to zoological collections give to those studying animal and conservation oriented degrees.
Newly appointed Ecology and Conservation lecturer, Julia Casperd writes:
At Chester Zoo they were able to readily conceptualise key principles of ex-situ and in-situ conservation by going around the exhibits and talking to zoo staff.
They received an insight into scientific research which supports breeding programmes and the management of wild and captive populations.
For example, endocrinological analysis of hormone levels can predict pregnancies and births; and the use of cryogenics to provide a pool of genetic material that may be used to improve the genetic diversity of populations.
These trips also provide students with important knowledge regarding career prospects at the zoo and with its worldwide conservation partners.
Finally, it gave them ideas and direction regarding their own research and allowed them the opportunity to question experts in the field directly.
Very informative day with @ScienceatCZ considering international perspectives in the management of animal populations with our @HarperAdamsUni final year students. #reinforcement #studbooks #EEP #cryogenics #zoo #oilpalmplantations #sustainableconservation #Zoology pic.twitter.com/8Mik62tQWL— Julia Casperd (@jcasperd) February 15, 2022
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