Meet the Team: Pippa Connolly
Published: Mar 6, 2019Meet our informal learning coordinator Pippa Connolly!
Hi my name’s Beth and I’m the Marketing Assistant here at Newquay Zoo. Today I’ve met up with Pippa, I’m sure some of you will have seen her around the zoo - but let’s get to know her a little better…
What’s your favorite colour?
What’s your favorite food?
Well it has to be chocolate… doesn’t it?
What’s your favorite film?
I would have to say Princess Bride, which I watch at LEAST three or four times a year! Or another one of my favorites is Practical Magic.
What department do you work in and what is your role?
I work in the education department as an informal learning coordinator.
So, this is basically anything to do with visitor engagement, including our daily animal talks to signage around site.
I also run a Zoo Rangers and Junior Rangers club every month which covers the 8-11-year-old and 12-16-year-old age brackets. If you’re an animal lover and keen to learn about the natural world, plants and conservation then you should definitely come along!
How long have you worked here?
Hmm, let me think. It’s got to be coming up to 10 years.
What made you want to work at a zoo?
I never actually thought of working at a zoo in all honesty. However, at the time I needed a job and saw that there was a position in the zoo’s café and thought why not?! Once I had started I began to learn a lot about the animals and just how important zoos are for conservation.
The more I learnt the more I became passionate about conservation and wanted to teach people about the amazing work zoos do. So, I moved across to the education department and here I am 10 years later!
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I look younger than I actually am
What’s your favorite animal and why?
I get asked this all the time but I actually don’t have a particular favourite, it changes all the time. If I come into work and see a particular animal doing something funny or interesting, then they’ll be my favourite of the day.
What is your most memorable moment at Newquay Zoo?
Oh I’ve got lots! But, if I had to narrow it down to two I would say:
1. Royal Cornwall Show – it’s always a big event each year, but one particular time that stands out has to be when we stayed in the marquee overnight. There were weather warnings for strong winds given, but we didn’t expect huge marquees and tents to be taking off during the night. It’s safe to say we didn’t get any sleep! The next day was a struggle, but fun nonetheless.
2. Dream Night – this is an evening we hold for chronically ill and disabled children. We get everyone involved including staff, volunteers and local services. It gives children and their families the chance to have the evening to walk around the zoo, listen to talks and get involved in games and activities. Definitely the best night of the year.
Stay tuned to meet more of the team.