Sparsholt College hosts workshop for Chinese zoo keepers

Andover Advertiser: The party with Mayor and Mayoress Ernie and Barbara Jeffs The party with Mayor and Mayoress Ernie and Barbara Jeffs

CHINESE zoo keepers have visited Sparsholt College to see its unique training course.

Delegates from the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, including panda breeders, invited the college to host a week-long training workshop which included visits to a number of the UK’s leading zoos and an expert speaker programme.

Sparsholt College course director Andy Beer is uniquely positioned and qualified as the only person in the UK who runs a coherent programme able to deliver such a workshop.

Mr Beer said: “It has proved enriching to meet people from another country with similar interests and show them areas of good practice which they can take back to their own institutions in China.”

Among the zoos the party visited was Marwell Wildlife at Colden Common.

Speakers included David Walters, from the Great Bustard Group, who has successfully re-introduced the formerly extinct species back to Salisbury Plain.

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