The aim of Watatunga’s education programme will be to inspire young people to pursue further education in life-sciences and conservation by introducing them to the beauty and complexity of systems in the natural world. By transforming classroom learning about species extinction into memorable experiences with our spectacular endangered animals, we hope to spark children’s passion for protecting the world’s biodiversity. We will bring young people together to work directly with animals and world class conservation experts and believe that we have a part to play in fostering their passion and optimism for building a sustainable future.

Watatunga Wildlife Reserve is uniquely placed to offer applied learning opportunities to young people. We are home to Europe’s largest collection of deer and antelope, many of which are severely endangered. At Watatunga, we can create bespoke learning experiences for groups of up to 30 young scientists. Our team are passionate about bringing the curriculum to life and working with schools before and after their visit to help children understand the important applications of their learning and associated career paths. 

The UK is short of 40,000 STEM graduates every year. By engaging young people with the stories of our animals and their threatened habitats, we can demonstrate the important role that each one of them could play in the future of conservation. From the latest in conservation and zoo strategy to selective breeding and animal handling, we can offer school groups an unforgettable experience that leaves them wanting more.

Our team are immensely privileged to work with many endangered species at Watatunga and are passionate about sharing the importance of this work with the conservationists of the future.  Initially we will be working with The Country Trust and local primary schools to develop our education offering and create a day of tailor-made activities that will engage children through hands-on work with rare deer and antelope species.   We hope to offer this programme more widely in 2021.

A few examples of curriculum links that we can explore are: 

  • Selective breeding, genetics, evolution and extinction
  • Biodiversity and the effect of human interactions on ecosystems
  • Animal tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Adaptations, interdependence and compatibility
  • Organisation of an ecosystem

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