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Department of Zoology


To celebrate our 150th birthday, the Department hosted a lively weekend for past and present students, staff, and their guests at the end of September 2016.

There was a wonderful buzzing atmosphere and it was lovely to welcome so many of you here and also to receive congratulations and support from those who were not able to attend.

A highlight of the weekend was welcoming our celebrated alumnus Sir David Attenborough (1946-47) back to Zoology for an “in conversation” session with Dame Frances Ashcroft (1971-74), Royal Society Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford.

450 people packed out the Babbage Lecture theatre, with 300 more watching a live stream at other sites. We heard David talk about his early passion for slugs and salamanders, his time as a Zoology student in Cambridge, and his international career as a broadcaster and naturalist.

As well as many entertaining and informative talks from Department of Zoology researchers and we hosted presentations from eminent alumni such as Mike Gunton, Creative Director of BBC Natural History Unit and Tim Cockerill, circus performer and fire eater!

On the Sunday morning Alumni and guests young and old took part in a spot quiz. First prize for a Zoologist went to Alistair Edwards with first prize for a non Zoologist going to Lesley Lloyd. If you had to leave before the answers were announced then please click here.