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Nov 28, 2011

Construction of a new small mammal enclosure

Construction of a new small mammal enclosure to give young people a chance to contribute to the local community and enhance visitor experience

This project was devised to give ten young people on the youth offenders scheme an opportunity to get involved in the local community on several levels and to equip them with some valuable life skills. 

Black-tailed prairie dogs, Cynomys ludovicianus, were chosen as the species for the project.  The physical activities included in the project offered the young people one-on-one time with a keeper and provided a concrete example of the work they had done, for their friends and families to see. 

The participants also gained knowledge and awareness of the species both in zoological collections and in the wild, the roles of community zoos and conservation issues in general.  The project schedule was 5 months and had a budget of £4000. 

The team leaders reported to us that there had been an impressive decrease in negative attitudes and behaviours among participants as the project progressed. 

This project has provided the young people involved with tangible results of all their effort and commitment, valuable experience for their personal and professional development and good evidence for their CV.

Brent Lodge

COMMENDATION received in BIAZA Awards 2011(small collection) for Best education project: public and general visitor

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