George Wood is aiming for a career in conservation after graduating from Staffordshire University with a Foundation degree (FdSc) in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour this summer.
George, age 24 from Wolverhampton, studied for the qualification at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston campus. He says: “Until I joined this course I hadn’t really considered conservation as a career – but it has totally broadened my horizons in terms of a future job. I have since started volunteering with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and I know now that this is the direction I want to take.”
George’s time on the course also inspired him and his course mates to raise money for the plight of the Rhinoceros in South Africa, after they visited the continent as part of their studies. During the trip, the group realised how close these animals are coming to extinction, with 1,200 fatal Rhino poaching’s in 2014 alone. Staff from the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, where the students stayed, patrol that area to keep poachers at bay – the group aim to raise money in order to ensure these patrols continue.
George, along with friends Abbi Mackintosh and Ruth Howson, will raise funds by climbing Mount Snowdon later this year and are also raising awareness through displays and information boards at the college.
Andrew Wootton, Lecturer in Animal Management at South Staffordshire College commented: “It is amazing what these students have achieved and all off their own backs. Their passion is inspiring. South Staffordshire College will fully support them as much as it possibly can.”
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