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Nov 30, 2009

Be a Junior Keeper


Be a junior keeper from SWEP Newquay Zoo 
 
Be a Junior Keeper – experience days for 8 to 14 year olds 

Junior Keeper days were established to provide a junior version of our popular adult Keeper for A Day (only available to 15 and over ). It has also attracted those interested in animal careers, who are too young for existing work experience schemes. It also provides an individual or personal alternative to adoptions or birthday parties at the zoo.

The day focuses on giving the young person (8-14) a taste of the work of a zoo keeper and zoo life in a personalised tour, accompanied by a parent or guardian. It gives the Junior Keeper an opportunity to spend individual time with keepers and education staff and prepare enrichment feeders. They also see safely ‘behind the scenes’ in the Tropical House.

Since launching in late 2007, Junior Keeper has proved a popular gift and is successfully booked most weekends and holiday days. Repeat bookings have already taken place. It has attracted both local interest and been booked by holiday visitors through the zoo website. Junior Keeper provides valuable additional income to the Education department.

A summative evaluation study (attached) carried out in August 2009 revealed a high level of satisfaction with the scheme (Evaluation, Fig. 4) and successful achievement of the scheme’s outcomes for engaging visitors with the work of the zoo, as set out in our zoo mission statement (Fig. 2 and 3a). The active elements of the day were most highly rated overall (evaluation, Fig.1) 


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