Danish zookeeping students gain experience at Beale Wildlife Park

Posted by CDoyle on 14/11/2019

In recent weeks, the animal team has been joined by two students from Denmark who are studying zookeeping at college.

The work experience scheme, funded by Erasmus Plus (EU), provides young students with the opportunity to gain work experience in wildlife parks and zoos all over Europe. For the past ten years, Beale Wildlife Park has welcomed two students every six months.

Marcus Hjortshøj (19) and Lars Rlis (22) joined the animal team for four weeks, with the aim of experiencing the day-to-day life of an animal keeper, as both have recently embarked on a four-year college course in zookeeping.

The benefits of the placement included being close to the animals on a daily basis, with the Squirrel Monkeys, Reindeer and Skunks listed as their favourite.

In the past ten years Beale Wildlife Park has welcomed over 40 students.

Image – from left to right:  Andy Nicholls (Curator of Animals Beale Wildlife Park), Hans Riehmann (Teacher at Hansinberg College), Marcus Hjortshøj and Lars Rlis.