UMZC Zoology Club

The University Museum of Zoology runs a Zoology Club for 13-18 year olds, interested in animals and the science of zoology. Members receive a welcome pack on joining, a free emailed newsletter 3 times a year, invitations to special events, workshops, talks and scientific debates put on for club members.

It is free to join. If you are interested in joining, please send you name, date of birth, address (including postcode), your email address name of parent/carer and their email address and mention whether you have any siblings already in the clubs. Send this either by email to  umzc   zoo cam ac uk, or by post to the Education and Outreach Team, University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ.

After receiving your welcome pack in the post you will then receive termly newsletters by email. We are currently able to send welcome packs out to UK residents only.

Past workshops have included

Tours of the Stores
2016, Thursday 27th October
Members were given a sneak preview of work going on behind scenes at the museum and at some of the star specimens in the collection.

Skype call to Vietnam TRAFFIC communications officer Jill Capotosto
2016, Thursday 1 June 11.30am-1pm
Members participated in a Skype call with Jill Capotosto, communications Officer, from the Viet Nam office of TRAFFIC International, the wildlife trade monitoring network. Jill focuses on TRAFFIC’s biggest campaign in the country: reducing demand for rhino horn. We learnt about getting into the sector and about how campaigns are launched to engage with people using rhino horn.

Dissection workshop with Dr Time Weil
2016, Thursday February 18, 3pm-5pm
Zoology Club members met with Dr Tim Weil from the Department of Zoology to discuss the work he carries out in  his lab Participants used the equipment in one of the Department’s research labs to get a closer look at some Drosophila flies. Dr Weil taught the group how to prepare the flies and their eggs and larvae and get the best view of them under the microscopes.

Poetry workshop with Gillian Clarke
2013, Tuesday February 19 and Wednesday March 13, 17:30-19:30
The museum ran two poetry workshops with Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, for Zoology Club members. Members were inspired by the amazing collections of the Museum of Zoology, and got a glimpse behind the scenes at some of our treasures. The work went on display in the museum over the Science Festival and up to the end of the Easter holidays.

This was a fantastic opportunity to work with a major poet on a project curated by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.To find out more about the project, visit the Thresholds website

Gillian Clarke is one of Wales’ most influential and widely read contemporary writers. Born in Cardiff, she now lives in Ceredigion. She was appointed National Poet for Wales in 2008. She is President of Ty Newydd, the Welsh Writers Centre which she co-founded in 1990. Her work has been widely studied for GCSE and A Level for many years. She has published thirteeen books for adults, and several for children as writer, translator or editor. Her first prose collection, At the Source, appeared in 2008. Her recent collection of poems, Ice, is short-listed for the TS Eliot Award 2012. In December 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2012 the Wilfred Owen Award.


Last updated: 22 December 2016