Conservation expert delivers guest lecture

October 2020

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On October 23rd, second year Higher Education students studying Writtle University College's 'Zoo and Wildlife' stream were pleased to welcome a guest speaker. 

Aaron Whitnall is currently Site Plan, Operations and Liaisons Co-ordinator at Paradise Wildlife Park, and has spent his life working in zoos and in conservation. He also has experience at the Big Cat Sanctuary which offers excellent conditions for conservation and the successful breeding of the beautiful, yet endangered, large and small cats within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme.

Aaron delivered a virtual talk to Writtle University College students, covering sustainability in zoos, the new Land of the Tigers mixed exhibit, conservation, advice for obtaining a zoo-based job, the bear bile trade, the Drive for Wildlife and much more. 

Animal Science lecturer Yvonne Owen said: "We would like to thank Aaron for an inspirational talk. Our degree schemes provide students with the hands-on skills and specialist knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen fields. We're delighted that experts such as Aaron are helping us to adapt to challenging circumstances and that we can continue to introduce our students to a range of renowned professionals, via virtual lectures."

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