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Hampshire County Council’s Advanced Rangers Academy – July/August 2023

Advanced Rangers Academy

The Advanced Ranger Academy Course is designed for not only students wanting to complete the residential section of your DofE Gold Award, but also students who are interested in a career path within the animal industry and are looking to get veterinary work experience. The course content provides students with exclusive opportunities of real life hands-on, practical experiences, including working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) veterinary surgeon and behind the scenes access. The department has won British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) education awards for the Ranger Academy course. Students will also get the chance to work with the YWP staff team across all animal sections.



Yorkshire Wildlife Park and a local bunk house accommodation.



Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August 2023

Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August 2023



What’s included?

  • Accommodation and all meals.
  • Transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • All transfers to and from the zoo.
  • 2 free tickets for friends/family worth £51! This is to watch the graduation ceremony on Friday, but this includes the opportunity to stay and spend the rest of the day at the zoo for free!
  • This 5-day residential combines theory-based tasks with practical zoo experience, with a focus on key transferable skills.
  • A portfolio of evidence and written reference from the zoo stating your hours of work experience for animal/vet related applications.

What’s involved?

  • Practical experiences with the YWP staff team across all animal sections.
  • Getting up close and personal with a range of animals.
  • Behind-the-scenes with the vet team and animal manager.
  • Animal enrichment workshops.
  • Animal training and behaviour workshops.
  • Presentations on the wild live stage.
  • Graduation Ceremony.

Participants feedback

“AMAZING – a great opportunity with so much close animal access and learning opportunities”- Ruby- Hills Road Sixth Form College


“A fantastic week filled with great activities behind the scenes and talks from the staff. All YWP staff were very friendly, and I have fond memories from this week! Highly recommend this residential, gaining skills and opportunities which are once in a lifetime”- Jennifer


“It was a great experience that taught me a lot of skills and I learnt so much about things I would probably never have fully learnt about otherwise”- Ella- The Grammar School at Leeds

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential, contact: [email protected] or to book visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/duke-of-edinburgh-award/gold-residential


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