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.