CONSERVATIONISTS of the future are being taught that their voices can help to conserve wildlife and prevent extinction.

Pupils of all ages at Bruche Primary School, from nursery children to those in year six, have undertaken a project with Chester Zoo to understand the impact the Illegal Wildlife Trade is having on animals in the wild.

Rangers from the zoo came into the Padgate-based school for a first-hand experiential workshop and the children also took a trip to the zoo itself to meet the animals in need of protection.

Chris Jones, executive head teacher at Bruche Primary School, said: "We want our children to believe that no matter what their age, their voice can make an impact on the decisions made about their future.

"The children have written letters to the queen and the prime minister to try and change the law on bear killing for its fur and the illegal selling of ivory from elephant’s tusks.

"Children were able to talk in detail about conservation and the role we have to play to protect our animals.

"We are so proud of what the children have achieved this term- we could never have anticipated how successful this project has been, and the feedback from children, parents and governors has been unbelievably positive."

Sean Dick, a ranger from Chester zoo who has worked closely with the school, said: "It has been a pleasure working with Bruche Primary School on their curriculum project this year.

"The quality of writing and work produced is exceptional.

"It is amazing to see how passionate the whole school are about conserving wildlife and preventing extinction.

"All of their hard work really does make a huge difference.

"A big thank you from everyone at the zoo to the conservationists of the future."