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Twycross Zoo is proud to be attending the first Erasmus+ project InterZoo partner event hosted by Budapest Zoo. TZ is presenting alongside zoo and university partners to showcase the hard work put in to developing an international postgraduate programme in Zoo Conservation and Management. Looking forward to feedback from stakeholders including representatives from EAZA and WAZA to help shape the course around the needs of the zoo sector.
Watch this space InterZoo for our Summer School, hosted by Parco Natura Viva, June 2022, which will offer the first opportunity to try the course modules developed.
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University of Wolverhampton News
New website launched for Erasmus+ project ‘InterZoo’
The official website for the Erasmus+ funded project ‘International Zoo Conservation and Management’ (InterZoo) has now launched.
The project, led by the University of Wolverhampton Principal Investigator: Dr Stefano Vaglio, Reader in Animal Behaviour; Co-Investigator, Dr Christopher Young, Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour & Wildlife Conservation. has received European Union Erasmus+ funding, as part of an international collaboration of universities (Wolverhampton, UK; Bologna, Italy; Limoges, France), zoological gardens (Twycross Zoo, UK; Dudley Zoo & Castle, UK; Garda Zoological Park, Italy; Budapest Zoo, Hungary) and NGOs (École Nature Recherche, France; Foundation ARCA, Italy) across Europe.
The official website features information about the project details and consortium, as well as information about the past meetings and training events that have taken place. The website will be updated with news about the project and future events.
The project began in January 2020 and, despite the challenges due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, four meetings and training events have taken place so far with three modules on international zoo welfare and management, international management of zoo-based conservation, and ethical and legal issues with international zoo management. Ultimately, the aspiration is to develop the modules into a formal international postgraduate course for zoo professionals or incorporate the material produced into zoo sector professional development programmes, thus giving the project outcomes and impacts beyond the time limit of the project itself.
Later this month, a dissemination event will be taking place in Hungary with project partners and external stakeholders, while next year there will be a spring school held in Italy where the materials developed by the consortium will be tested with prospective students.
Check out the brand new website.
Convegno Ricerca 2021
Over the weekend Dr Stefano Vaglio from the ABWC department at the University of Wolverhampton and PI of the InterZoo project was invited to deliver an oral communication to present the Erasmus+ InterZoo project in the context of the Italian Congress of Research in Parks. The conference took place over the 1st – 3rd October 2021 and included a variety of oral and poster presentations.
The conference programme can be viewed here.
Dr Vaglio’s presentation can be viewed as a pdf here.
University of Bologna Press Release
Erasmus+ Project “International Zoo Conservation and Management (InterZoo)”
Meeting per discutere di un corso di alta formazione transeuropeo post-laurea per i professionisti dello zoo e dei giardini zoologici
Data: dal 24 novembre 2020 alle 10:00 al 27 novembre 2020 alle 13:00
Luogo: Online – Piattaforma Teams
Nell’ambito del progetto europeo “Erasmus+ Project Ref: 2019-1-UK01-KA203-062097 – International Zoo Conservation and Management (InterZoo)” il cui obiettivo è quello di sviluppare un programma di formazione professionale transeuropeo post-laurea per i professionisti dello zoo e dei giardini zoologici nelle giornate del 24, 25, 26 e 27 novembre si svolgeranno una serie di incontri con gli altri partecipanti al progetto (Università di Wolverhampton e Università di Limoges ) per discutere di problematiche relative all’organizzazione del corso sia per la parte didattica sia per la componente amministrativa.
Nelle stesse giornata verrà presentato e discusso il modello di didattica che il Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie pensa di adottare per il modulo “INTERNATIONAL ZOO WELFARE AND MANAGEMENT” che deve sviluppare nell’ambito del progetto.
University of Wolverhampton Press Release
Creation of bespoke higher-level training course for zoo professionals launches.
An international collaboration project being led by the University of Wolverhampton, which will create a higher-level training programme for zoo professionals, has launched with its official kick-off meeting and first training event.
InterZoo, which has received around €220,000 European Union Erasmus+ funding, will create three postgraduate-level modules in international zoo management to upskill zoo professionals.
Dr Chris Young, Senior Lecturer and Animal Behaviour & Wildlife Conservation subject leader at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “When we talk to colleagues working in the zoo industry they tend to have extensive experience, an extremely hardworking ethic and are very knowledgeable about the subject but this isn’t necessarily reflected in their qualifications. This can therefore reduce their opportunities for career progression.
“We are bringing together the experience and knowledge of the zoo sector and the critical evaluation of the academic perspective from university institutions. Together, we will create a trans-European programme for international zoo professionals to develop higher-level qualification skills and knowledge.”
Reader in Amimal behaviour Dr Stefano Vaglio said: “A zoo does not operate independently; it has a strong international dimension to it.
“Understanding and appreciating the full complexity of this is very important for those that want to progress into management and strategic planning.
“Therefore, it’s hoped that this course will improve the potential for career progression, better understanding of wider strategic issues in zoo management and ultimately impacts upon both the animals and people in such establishments.”
The modules, which are now in development, are in international zoo welfare and management, international management of zoo-based conservation, and ethical and legal issues with international zoo management.
These will be delivered by the three partner higher education institutions; University of Wolverhampton, University of Bologna in Italy and University of Limoges in France. The other three project partners are Twycross Zoo, Budapest Zoo in Hungary, and Parco Natura Viva in Italy.
Their expertise will be complemented with the input from associate partners, which include Dudley Zoo, Ecole Nature Recherche in France, Fondazione ARCA in Italy, as well as the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.
Through a mix of partner-focused workshops, a wider multiplier event and a summer school, the consortium will develop and test a suite of training materials that can be used either independently within the context of each training module or as part of a coherent whole.
Ultimately the aspiration is to develop the modules into a formal international postgraduate qualification led by the University of Wolverhampton.
University of Wolverhampton Press Release
Research project focuses on international zoo management training.
University of Wolverhampton researchers have secured funding to develop high level training in international zoo management.
Dr Stefano Vaglio (Principal Investigator) & Dr Chris Young
(Co-Investigator) from the University’s School of Sciences, have secured
European Union Erasmus+ funding of around €220,000 for the research
Six consortium partners will work together on the research project
including the University of Wolverhampton who is taking the consortium
lead, the University of Bologna in Italy and the University of Limoges
in France. The zoo partners are Twycross Zoo in the UK, Budapest Zoo in
Hungary and Parco Natura Viva in Italy.
Associate partners include Dudley Zoo and the British and Irish
Association of Zoos and Aquaria in the UK, Ėcole Nature Recherche in
France, Fondazione ARCA in Italy and the European Association of Zoos
Dr Vaglio said: “The aim of InterZoo is to bring the Higher Education
(HE) and zoo sectors together to develop a structured training
programme that blends the applied, experience based knowledge of the zoo
sector with the rigour of HE-based teaching and research.
“The project will produce a defined training curriculum incorporating
three specific training modules that target international zoo welfare
and management, international management of zoo-based conservation, and
ethical and legal issues with international zoo management.
“The consortium partnership covers significant areas of expertise in
teaching, training and research on a national and international level.
This expertise is added to by the input from the associate partners
which are tied into the same professional and collaborative networks.”
Dr Young said: “Through a mix of partner-focused workshops, a wider
multiplier event and a summer school, the consortium will develop and
test a suite of training materials that can be used either independently
within the context of each training module or as part of a coherent
“Ultimately the aspiration is to develop the modules into a formal
international postgraduate degree qualification and to incorporate the
material produced into zoo sector professional development programmes,
extending the time limit of the project itself.”
Dr Vaglio is pictured with a lemur at Dudley Zoo.