Mark joined Newquay Zoo (now part of the Wild Planet Trust) in 1996 as its Zoo Education Officer after an Arts Degree and Masters at Leicester University, a PGCE and several years teaching in a Cornish secondary school.
Mark was involved as part of the set-up team for University Centre Newquay in 1999/2000. He has taught on a range of zoo and conservation topics (most recently animal enclosure design, nutrition, safety, business and marketing, signage and interpretation) at both FE and HE level.
He served on the BIAZA Zoo Education Committee from 1999 to 2007 and has won several BIAZA zoo education awards for various projects ranging from designing family activity trails to MFL teaching through puppetry! He worked with many other UK zoos and Cornish venues such as Falmouth Art Gallery in celebrating the Darwin Bicentenary 2009.
Mark works at the zoo with groups from Primary and Secondary through Post 16 to lifelong learning and everyday zoo visitors. He has worked with a range of zoo sections from animal encounters and invertebrates through marketing to events and community outreach. As keeper of the Newquay Zoo Archive, he has also promoted the zoo through anniversary events.
Current research interests include the role of zoo history and how zoos survived wartime challenges, plant and animal signage, interpretation theory, history of science, science communication and visitor engagement.
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