British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day national festival celebrating all things science, technology, engineering and maths related. Here at Knowsley Safari we took part in the celebration by putting together a series of entertaining and engaging events and activities for our guests, members and local school pupils.
The theme for this year’s BSW activities was ‘Unveiling the ‘Hidden Science’ behind zoos and safari parks’ To achieve this our Learning and Discovery team created activities which introduced a range of topics from; animal identification, animal nutrition, and animal enclosure design to captive breeding.
British Science Week was kick started with the opportunity for members of the local community to attend an insightful evening lecture delivered by Dr Alexandra Burke. Organised in conjunction with our Research and Conservation Officer, Bridget Johnson and or Events Manager, Mark Lofthouse this lecture explained pioneering research taking place here at the safari park in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. This project has been investigating the potential use of drones with infrared recording capabilities to identify species, a technology which could contributing significantly to conservation efforts for a range of endangered species out in the field. Read more about this project HERE.
This event saw the offering of free workshops to schools within the Liverpool City Region. We were pleased to deliver workshops to six local schools; St John’s Catholic Primary, Blacklow Brow, Park View Academy, Gate Acre High School, Norman Pannell and Belle Vale.
Between Monday-Friday nineteen workshops to 495 pupils. Which saw pupils enjoyed interactive sessions which encourage discussion about the work of zoos and safari parks along with the part they play in global conservation efforts.
Onsite activities for guests
Across the two weekends that Knowsley Safari were celebrating British Science Week 1,736 visitors braved the extremely cold weather to visit us at our tented base camp to learn more about the science behind our safari. We had great fun and hope our visitors did too!
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