Form 6 students studying Environmental Systems and Society as part of their IB Diploma visited Twycross Zoo to learn more about biodiversity and conservation.
Teacher of Biology Catherine Walker tells us more:-
“The students had a morning lecture about the role of zoos, and their work protecting endangered species alongside the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
They were then tasked with finding a suitable new flagship species for the WWF, which also gave them the opportunity to explore the site. Many of the students chose the leopard species due to their low numbers in the wild, as well as the fact that fluffy mammals have public appeal.
In the afternoon they attended a further lecture on how zoos cooperate worldwide in captive breeding programmes and the place that Twycross has in this particular global conservation effort.”
Oakham School has a well-resourced Biology Department and a vibrant learning environment. It also has a thriving Biology Society (BioSoc), which runs an extensive programme of guest nights and lecture visits. Their next event is this Thursday 16 May when Nobel Prize winner and current President of the Royal Society Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan FRS will be visiting Oakham School to discuss a variety of topics including his journey to the Nobel, why he gave up Physics to do Biology and the nature of scientific truth.