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Date: 17th August 2017

Science student Jake English has drawn on his artistic skills to help celebrate the importance of mini beasts and how to care for them as part of a national bug awareness initiative.

Askham Bryan College student Jake English, with a Sun Beetle as part of the Big Bug Bonanza event.

Jake, who is studying for a degree in animal management and science at York's Askham Bryan College, has produced lifelike illustrations of nine British beetles for a beetle bingo trail for visitors to follow around the college's Wildlife Park.  The trail is part of a summer Big Bug Bonanza event  which is for all ages and includes everything from craft and story-time sessions for toddlers, through to bug handling and “behind the scenes” experiences for older children and adults.

Caroline Howard, Wildlife Park Manager explained: “Our Big Bug Bonanza is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of invertebrates of all shapes and sizes and all the activities are included in the Park entry ticket.  Jake is a very talented student and his illustrations have been professionally reproduced and bring to life what amazing creatures they are.” 

“Askham Bryan is home to a number of beetles including a conservation project around the rare Tansy Beetle, which is found almost exclusively in the UK around the River Ouse.   Others which are featured on Jake's illustrations are the Maybug, Common Red Soldier Beetle, Devil's Coach Horse, Stag Beetle, Plum Beetle, Rainbow Leaf Beetle and Dung Beetle,” added Caroline.

Jake, who is 23, is about to begin the third year of his BSc degree course and is hoping to pursue a career in zoo education.  His talents have already taken a “hands on” turn, as he is a student ranger working as a conservation and education volunteer in the Wildlife Park and Animal Management Centre,  whilst continuing his academic studies.

A fun place to visit for all the family, the Wildlife Park and Animal Management Centre are an important educational facility for the next generation of zoo keepers and animal managers. Officially opened in May 2017, they are home to a broad range of animals including lemurs, raccoons, armadillo and snakes.

Askham Bryan College has 280 students studying animal management diploma courses and a further 270 studying on animal management degree courses at its York campus.

For the latest news from the Wildlife Park and details of opening times and ticket prices please see the Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park website.

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