Students FESS Up as Future Endangered Species Scientists at Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Thursday 26th August 2010

Kristy Willet, Senior Education Officer 

We’ve just finished hosting visits last week by students from around the Western Region who came to celebrate National Science Week.  

Taronga has several scientists; including reproductive biologists, veterinarians, veterinary pathologists, zoologists, ecologists and research scientists. Students were given the opportunity to take part in workshops that highlighted the role that science and the zoo plays in the conservation of endangered species.  

The students were lead through the activities by YATZ (Youth at the Zoo) volunteers. The volunteers came from both Taronga Zoo in Sydney as well as from Taronga Western Plains Zoo and were trained in the science behind the activities and how to be effective leaders.  

The kids and the teachers all had a great day using skills in estimation, field research techniques, creating hypotheses and studying animal behaviour, judging from the feedback received from one of the teachers: 

“Thank you for such a great day on Friday at the Zoo. The program was very good and the personnel you had running the program was outstanding. Our students especially enjoyed observing the apes' behaviours. Congratulations from us!”