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Students speak to the Bristol Zoological Society

students give a talk as part of the Bristol Zoological Society lecture series

As part of our link with the Bristol Zoological Society, we have been working on a field conservation and science project on the island of Madagascar.

It began with students across all year groups raising money to install camera traps on Madagascar to monitor the activities of the endangered lemur population.

A team of Sixth Former students then worked closely with the zoo, to scientifically analyse the data and images captured by these camera. In doing so, they learned a great deal about the variety of lemurs in the area and the preferred habitats. 

Issues such as breaks in the forest, and over-farming have clearly caused difficulties for the gene pool of lemurs and the students are making important decisions about how to rectify this.

As Mr Cooper, Assistant Headteacher (Sixth Form and International) said, "This continues to be a challenging international project, using advanced scientific techniques to make a measurable impact on conservation in Madagascar." 

Last month, the six students leading the project gave the keynote lecture at the recent Zoological Society Lecture series to members of the public and the scientific teams involved. They presented their aims, methods, challenges and findings, as well as their priorities for moving forward.

After the session the girls’ presentation skills and the quality of their analysis was highly praised by audience members.   


Date Posted: 11 June 2019
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