What department do you work in and what is your role?

I am a zookeeper, mainly working in the LVI department with reptiles and amphibians but I also help out in the bird department.

What’s your favourite animal and why?

Definitely a tortoise, 100%.

Not many people will think this but they are such incredible little characters. I will always find time in my day to go and see them!

What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

I have a bearded dragon called Godzilla and an axolotl (looks somewhat of a cross between a fish and a lizard) called Orange Juice.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Getting to know all of the animals individually as they all have their own quirky personalities.

What advice would you give someone looking to start a job in the zoo?

It is very important that you get as much zoo animal experience as possible. A lot of zoos offer voluntary placements; these are always great to do as it gives you a real taster into a zookeeper role and gives you the experience you need to get a full time position.

What journey did you take to become a zookeeper?

I took a zoology course at Leeds University and I also did an internship for a year at Chester Zoo, before taking the keeper role here.

What is the most memorable moment you have had at Newquay Zoo?

That’s a tough one! It’s got to be either meeting the baby civet for the first time, as it was such a massive effort towards the conservation of such an endangered species. Plus, she is extremely cute.

Another would be when one of our female lions was undergoing a medical procedure, I was able to go in with her which is the closest I have ever and will ever get to a lion. Her paws were massive!

What made you choose to work in a zoo?

I absolutely love animals and I feel very strongly towards conservation, so this was just the perfect job for me!

What do you think is the most interesting thing about the zoo?

For me I feel it would be the range of animals that you get to see and also the visitors you get to meet.

Finally, to mix it up a bit, what’s your favourite film and why?

Lord of the Rings, I just really like the fantasy side of it.

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