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Hampshire DofE – Advanced Rangers Academy

Advanced Rangers Academy

The Advanced Ranger Academy Course is specially designed for DofE Gold Award students who are interested in a career in the animal industry. The course content provides students with exclusive opportunities 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 1st August to Friday 5th August 2022.

Monday 22nd August to Friday 26th August 2022.




What’s included?

  • Accommodation less than 10 minutes from YWP
  • All meals
  • Transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • All transfers to and from the zoo.
  • Animal enrichment workshops
  • Animal training workshops
  • Practical experiences with the YWP staff team across all animal sections
  • Behind-the-scenes with the vet team and animal manager

What’s involved?

  • This 5-day residential combines theory with practical zoo experience, with a focus on key transferable skills
  • Getting up close and personal with a range of animals
  • Teamwork and small group work
  • Presentations
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Get to know other participants
  • Graduation

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential, contact: [email protected] or to book visit our booking site.


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