A zoo is looking to name a "Young Conservationist in Chief" for a "once-in-a-lifetime" behind-the-scenes experience with the animals.

The newly appointed team members will have to prove they have a keen interest in wildlife conservation and will be invited to enjoy an experience at Twycross Zoo.

The five winners aged between six and 12 will be chosen by the zoo team and invited for a day to experience and learn more about the wildlife on offer at the park with an opportunity to discuss the global extinction crisis and the ways to continue the fight to save our planet.

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Dr Sharon Redrobe, CEO of Twycross Zoo, said: "We know that young people in Leicester are incredibly passionate about the challenges facing the natural world.

"The next generation is calling for action and we want to give a voice to all future conservationists. Together, we can make a real impact in the fight to protect the world’s most vulnerable species.

"This is a unique opportunity to say thank you, give young people a platform, and share their hopes and ambitions for the future of our planet."

As part of their visit, the winners will experience a day with the Zoo’s Discovery and Learning Team leader for a chance to share their ideas about how best to protect and preserve wildlife.

Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE added: "Today, the world is facing a global extinction crisis with more than one million species now at risk of extinction. It is the next generation that will feel the true impact of the current nature crisis and we must do all we can to help empower them to make a difference."

People can nominate young conservationists on the Twycross Zoo website.

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