26 September 2023

Perth Zoo searching for school students

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Perth Zoo has announced it has launched a new workplace program to collaborate with students from Clontarf Aboriginal College to help them achieve a Certificate II qualification in Conservation and Ecosystems Management.

Joining the zoo and assisting its animal carers, education officers and horticulturists in it’s ‘living classroom’, each of the eight students would be assigned a ‘zoo coach’ who will support their learning journey.

Welcoming the program, the Minister for Environment Reece Whitby said the opportunity was a fantastic chance for the chosen Aboriginal students to gain valuable skills.

“This is a two-way learning street”, Mr Whitby said, “not only for the students but staff at Perth Zoo.”

“It provides an incredible opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture and connection to Country,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing the students in action and watching their learning journey unfold.”

The zoo said it was hoped the program would help the Aboriginal youth enhance their future employment prospects and would be delivered through a partnership between the Zoo, Clontarf Aboriginal College and The Shoreline Foundation Ltd.

Mr Whitby said Perth Zoo proudly sat on Whadjuk Noongar land and the workplace program would encourage further cultural understanding.

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