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Our Wildlife Studies programs allow participants to learn across multiple weeks. Students learn about animals and our unique environment, gradually building their knowledge on specific topics of interest. Courses usually run between 5 and 8 weeks, depending on the topic.
Please note, due to the behind the scenes nature of many of the activities, parents are not permitted to accompany students (exceptions may be made due to additional needs). Please contact education department staff on 07 5534 0897 to arrange groups with specific requirements including alternative dates, times or additional needs.
This is a multi-week program where students will learn about and experience the daily duties of a zookeeper. Topics include what keepers need to know and why, zoo enclosure design, enrichment, animal behaviour and conditioning.
8 week course 6-9 years: 4th February 2019 – 25th March 2019, Monday afternoon between 1:30pm – 3:00pm 10-13 years: 7th February 2019 – 28th March 2019, Thursday afternoon between 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Condensed course 6-9 years: 3rd and 4th December 2019 – 10:00am to 2:00pm10-13 years: 5th and 6th December 2019 – 9:00am to 3:00pm
The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is the heartbeat of the Sanctuary, with over 10,000 admissions each year. The vets and vet nurses use their experience and expertise to put our wildlife on the road to recovery. In this multi-week program, students will gain an insight into the duties of a veterinary nurse. Topics include triage, and how to care for sick and injured wildlife. Hands-on activities are included where possible.
The mammals and birds study series is a 5 week program focusing on a different mammal or bird each week. Lessons cover lifecycles, living things, body features and enrichment with some Australian Curriculum links available on request. Participants will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our furry and feathered friends.
10-13 years old: 14th May 2019 – 11th June 2019, Tuesday afternoon between 1:30pm – 3:00pm
The reptiles course allows students to meet a different reptile each week. Lessons cover lifecycles, living things, body features and enrichment with some Australian Curriculum links available on request. Participants will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our scaly friends.
6-9 years old: 17th October 2019 – 14th November 2019, Thursday afternoon between 1:30pm – 3:00pm10-13 years old: 18th October 2019 – 15th November 2019, Friday afternoon between 1:30pm – 3:00pm