College Visit To Longleat

Fri, 18/02/2000 - 00:00

2009 has been the fifth year that Level 3 Animal Management students have been to visit Longleat. The visit was on Friday 29th to Sunday 30th May.

The visit gives the students a chance to see what staff at Longleat do to enrich the lives of the wild animals kept there in captivity. This year they had the opportunity to observe wallabies, giraffes, zebras, rhinos as well as a range of cattle and deer. They also saw wolves, tigers and lions up quite close!

After the tour of the safari park they spent the afternoon at leisure in the park with the opportunity to visit Longleat House, home to the 7th Marquess of Bath and widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public.

They could also explore places made popular by the BBC’s ‘Animal Park’ like Pets Corner and a trip on the Lake to see the sea lions, hippos and Nico the silverback gorilla. Nico not only has his own island but a house with a 32” flat screen TV with Sky+!!  A bit like a student’s bedroom!!

Personal Tutor, Chris Landers said, ‘Once again, this year has been an excellent visit. Students have been a credit to the College and a pleasure to be with. It was a bit sad for me as this has been my fourth and final visit before retirement in July. Plus a big thank you to Laura Hogan for all her hard work in planning the event.’

East Durham College offers a wide range of Land Based educational and training courses for students and businesses at the Houghall Campus, on the outskirts of Durham City. The College is passionate about this sector of education and is committed to continuing to be a leading provider of Land Based education in the North East with courses in; Agriculture, Animal Care, Arboriculture & Forestry, Environmental Management, Equestrianism, Floristry, Foundation Studies & Supported Learning, Horticulture and Amateur Gardening.