Whalley student graduates from Blackpool Zoo Academy

Daniel the zoo keeper
Daniel the zoo keeper

A BUDDING zoo keeper from Oakhill College, Whalley, has graduated from Blackpool Zoo’s Academy.

Year 11 pupil Daniel Tattersall was one of a group of pupils who attended 10 weekly sessions at the academy.

The Zoo Keepers’ Academy has been designed for those who wish to pursue a career with animals – vets, veterinary nurses, zookeepers – and require practical experience to enhance their application.

It gives them real hands-on experience to decide whether the reality of continually feeding and cleaning is really the right job for them.

During the course, Daniel learned about the theory on working with different exotic species as well as clocking up over 30 hours of practical experience with a range of zoo animals – invertebrates, reptiles, primates, large mammals and elephants.

Daniel’s sacrifice of getting up early on a Saturday morning for a full day of hard graft paid off, as he passed with flying colours and was among one of the first to complete this innovative course.

l If you or anyone in your family is interested in following a career with animals, then check out Blackpool Zoo’s site at www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk