More about Savannah
“I chose the Zoo Biology course at NTU for a number of reasons. After visiting on an open day I learnt a lot about the lecturers and their current research - they have so much knowledge to share with you. I’d also already studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management here so I know how amazing the facilities such as the animal unit, equestrian centre, farm and library are.
“Zoo Biology is a degree that focuses on exotic species - mainly non-domestic animals and wildlife, whether it be their biology, management or conservation. There is a wide range of opportunities to apply the skills you have learnt such as trips to Poland and Mauritius.
“I particularly enjoy getting involved in volunteering with projects at Brackenhurst. Around the Easter period I helped at the farm during lambing season, which gave me an amazing insight into something I normally wouldn’t get the chance to do. The animal unit also run volunteer sessions which gives you more practical experience - it can include anything from handling reptiles to making enrichment for goats.
“Choosing to study at NTU has been the best decision I have ever made. I’ve received so much support from all the staff in finding work, placements and getting the most out of my time here. The course has enabled me to meet so many new friends and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the course takes me.
“I’m hoping to go on a placement during my studies and have been looking to apply at places all over the world such as Durrell Wildlife Park, Bristol Zoo and a sea turtle conservation effort in New Zealand. I’m also going on a trip to Madagascar with the Zoo Biology course to look at the conservation of the Coquerel’s Sifka.
“Being a student at NTU is like being part of a family and there is a real community at Brackenhurst. Everybody knows each other, there’s a friendly atmosphere on campus and everybody comes together on a Friday for the student union night, Fluid.
“When I finish my degree I would like to go into exotic species recovery and conservation. I’m considering staying on for a master’s degree, however my year-long placement may offer some full time opportunities. The skills I have learnt so far are ones that I can apply to so many different situations, as the course has given us a broad range of knowledge.
“The extra volunteering and showcase of what students have gone onto do after graduating has also helped. It has made me realise that there is such a wide range of options other than just zoo work.”