Education Academy hailed as top class!

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Our very own Education Academy has been hailed top class after picking up an award at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) 50th Anniversary ceremony.

We brought home the Silver Award in the BIAZA Education Awards Category after being recognised for our Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Course.

Run in conjunction with Duke of Edinburgh Award provider, Sam Sykes, the course aims to inspire and transform young people by giving them life-changing opportunities.

The zoo-based course was designed to fully encompass the key principles and values of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, creating a specialist Gold Award in a unique zoo setting, which allowed students to build up a knowledge and understanding of animal species and the roles and work of a modern zoo.

Natalie Ward, Head of Education, said: “We are delighted to have taken home the Silver award at BIAZA’s 50th Anniversary awards ceremony.

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Course is one of the most popular and successful courses run by Blackpool Zoo so it is great to see the work done by my team in the Education Department is being recognised and rewarded.”

The ceremony was held at Marwell Zoo on Wednesday 8th June, following a major conference, which saw representatives from BIAZA’s members come together to celebrate the association’s huge milestone.

This is the second time our Education Department has been recognised by these prestigious zoo industry awards in as many years. Last year Natalie scooped the Rising Star award for her outstanding contribution to Blackpool Zoo and the BIAZA community.

The health of our zoo family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we have closed Blackpool Zoo at until further notice.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

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We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we re-open.

Stay safe everyone.