I was pleased to jump at the opportunity to recommend the Zoo's project for a National Science and Conservation Centre for the levelling up fund. I have been proud to play an important role in drumming up support for the bid, getting support from other MP’s, our local councillors, the LLEP and Midlands Engine because 𝘐 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵.
The conservation, cultural, and tourism sectors have been hit hard within both the national and local economy by the Covid-19 pandemic. This project offers something very distinctive with real tangible benefits;
- Locally, creating a welcomed boost to our tourism, building on the 600,000 visitors a year the zoo already receives, fostering economic benefit for the local area.
- Regionally, creating bespoke Programmes and Events for Schools and Universities to develop further understanding in wildlife and conservation, to inspire the next generation of scientists and conservationists.
- Nationally, supporting the development of national agendas on STEM skill development in the medium of wildlife and conservation management.
- Internationally, a new line of collaborative working and academic investigation that will have international ramifications for conservation.
The Centre provides a fantastic opportunity to establish our local area as a focus for jobs, education and research and I am proud to be apart of the Zoo’s journey.