Scholar program links Philadelphia Zoo staff and animals with West Philadelphia students

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023 5:40PM
Scholar program links Philadelphia Zoo with West Philadelphia students
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The zoo is giving back to West Philly, giving local students a backstage pass to new opportunities.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- With a new program called West Philly Zoo Scholars, high school sophomores get to hit the books in a different kind of classroom.

Designed to introduce young people to the zoology and conservation fields, they are learning from professionals here firsthand.

Twenty-two students from six schools are beginning what is planned to be a seven-year journey.

Classroom instruction is combined with fieldwork, covering topics they will need if they choose this career path.

The program could be ushering in future wildlife professionals, those who are showing an interest now.

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