Bicton College Animal Management students were involved in a code red drill practice on their course induction day at Dartmoor Zoo.

The total lockdown, triggered if one of the zoo’s dangerous animals escapes, was part of the induction training for staff and students involved in a new course based at the zoo starting next week.

The students, who will have weekly work experience at the zoo, spent the morning getting to know the site, with introductions to the tiger house and Meerkat Park.

Sue Merrett, Bicton College Academy Head, says, “This has to be the most exciting course for anyone interested in a career in animal management. Students will get practical, hands on experience of working with and observing exotic species.”

Photo shows: Caz Addy Lecturer, Dartmoor Zoo Head Keeper, Mike Downman and students.

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