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Zoo Education Programme

8th November 2013

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Education programme at zoo encourages children to learn about endangered animals

Local children enjoy a bone detection class in the Education Centre at Edinburgh Zoo Local children enjoy a bone detection class in the Education Centre at Edinburgh Zoo

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) was established in 1909 to promote awareness about rare and endangered animals and facilitate their conservation. The Education Centre at Edinburgh Zoo plays a significant role for RZSS as it accommodates 25,000 school children, allowing them to benefit from fun and educational classes.

RZSS recently held a special programme in this Education Centre where a group of children from a local primary school took part in a bone detective class. As well as finding out more about animals, biology, conservation and endangered species, the children were able to explore the Zoo and learn first-hand about their natural environment.

Ruth Fraser, Senior Education Officer at RZSS, explained that RZSS has three core objectives - conservation, research and education. "We have a discovery and learning department and we provide education to various different audiences in many different ways", she said.


RZSS receives support from People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving organisation funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery. This funding enables RZSS to provide a stimulating and innovative programme for children and visitors to the Zoo.