Walford and North Shropshire College Representative to Visit Zambia National Park
Students from Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) will soon be able to experience the thrill of being in the presence of wild animals in their natural habitats; animals they might otherwise never get the opportunity to see. Rupert Hill, Deputy Head of Faculty for Land Based Studies at WNSC, will be visiting the Kasanka National Park (KNP) in Zambia at the end of November this year.
Rupert will be staying as a guest of the Kasanka Trust for the ten days of his visit. Whilst there he will be working with the Park staff to produce a programme of educational study tours designed to benefit Animal Management students in the UK.
The programme will be tailored to meet the curriculum requirements for Level 3 students. It will address important concepts and skills, such as conservation of wildlife, national park management and identification of fauna and flora. Students will be able to experience the thrill of being in the presence of wild animals in their natural habitats; animals they might otherwise never get the opportunity to see.
It will also be designed to benefit the local community in Zambia by helping to promote the benefits of conservation, and teaching practical methods for doing this.
The overall aim of the visit is to research the costs and benefits involved in allowing the College to offer an all-inclusive, study tour, to year 2 Animal Management students, in May / June 2014 and on an annual basis thereafter.
Rupert says “Kasanka is a valuable conservation area with diverse flora and fauna, including many endangered species, and is home to an exceptional variety of birdlife. Educational visits will provide our students with wonderful opportunities for learning and research in a real wilderness.”
Rupert will be holding a presentation evening in December, week commencing the 16th, date and time to be confirmed. This will be for parents, guardians, and other interested parties. As well as being a fascinating and informative event in its own right, Rupert plans to use the evening to address any concerns, and answer any questions people may have, regarding the educational visits. In the meantime, for those who would like to know more, the area Rupert will be visiting is being featured in a TV programme, showing on BBC 2 at 8pm Sunday night.
For more information about Animal Management courses at WNSC please visit the website at www.wnsc.ac.uk or telephone 01939 262100