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Why do you love your job?
I love having a job where every day is different. I get to meet really wonderful people and inspire future scientists. I find the animal therapy aspect of my role particularly rewarding.
What’s your favourite animal?
My favourite ZooLab animals would be my rats, Jelly and Beans! They are so intelligent and cheeky! They are a definite favourite at my visits and are always learning new tricks that they can show off.
Interesting fact about yourself?
I spent four months studying cockroaches whilst at university, and wrote my dissertation on them! I now have ten pet cockroaches!
I have a lifelong passion for animals and the environment. I have experience keeping a large range of animals from Shetland ponies to scorpions. I trained to be a volunteer bat carer, which allows me to care for and rehabilitate sick or injured bats before returning them to the wild.
I studied Zoology at Cardiff University where I covered a variety of topics, including avian and mammalian diversity, animal communication, population ecology and animal parasitology.
Name: Alex Jones
I love being able to share my passion for animals with everyone I meet. My job takes me all over the country and allows me to bring new and exciting experiences to children and adults alike. One of my favourite parts of my job is showing people how amazing my creatures really are.
My favourite animal has to be my Vietnamese centipede. I can sit and watch them for hours, they are absolutely fascinating!
Interesting fact about yourself?
I’m currently in the Army Reserves. Monday to Friday, I teach children and adults about the fascinating natural world, and, at weekends I'm on military manoeuvres!
I have a degree in Zoology/Herpetology and have previously worked in exotic pet shops.
Name: Barry Anderson
Why do you love about your job?
I love inspiring the next generation to learn about wildlife. I hope that a ZooLab session will create an interest in conservation and get kids outside – it might even inspire them to see animals in the wild or study to become a wildlife biologist!
My favourite is probably the Asian elephant, one of the most endearing creatures I've ever met. However Elliot, the three-legged bearded dragon is my favourite member of my ZooLab team.
I have a pilot’s license, obtained during my time in the Oxford University Air Squadron.
I love travelling! Before joining ZooLab, I was a horseback safari guide in Kenya and
I have even spent a season herding goats with quad bikes in the Australian outback. Backpacking across India into Nepal was exciting – I got to jump on and off moving trains and even climbed a peak in the Himalayas.
Qualifications and Experience?
I have a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management from Oxford Brookes University. I have worked in the racing industry as a trackwork rider, bloodstock sales staff and as a marketing assistant with New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing.
After graduating, I completed the British Horse Racing Authority graduate program and then travelled to Africa to work on a horseback safari lodge where I reignited my childhood passion for wildlife. I am now starting a MSc in Wildlife Conservation where I hope to complete a thesis on illegal wildlife trade in developing countries and the impact this has on wild population genetics.
When you work with animals, every day is a learning experience! Animals have their own personalities and watching them can be so fascinating. I also get to meet and educate so many new people on how amazing they are.
Shelob my Chilean rose tarantula.
I design and make costumes for comic and film conventions.
I have 7 years of zoo keeping experience! I have worked with giant pandas in China; a large range of reptiles, ungulates and birds; Australian animals and marsupials; penguins and even seals.
Working for ZooLab is my dream job! Every day is different. I can be an animated storyteller for preschool children and then lead secondary school pupils on an imaginary journey through the rainforest!
It is a very rewarding job. I help children to see past the whiteboard and learn things they never normally would have. I have visited secondary schools were young adults have used me as role model and met children with special needs who get so much out of meeting my amazing animals. I also work within care homes where I’m considered a friend, helping those who may be struggling to have fun and relax.
I don't have a favourite - they are all my babies and I treat them that way. If I had to choose it would probably be Fudge my corn snake, I have had him since I was 14 years old. He has such a character and also loves being part of the ZooLab team.
Interesting fact about yourself
I love to scuba dive! I've been lucky enough to dive in Jamaica and Fuerteventura, where I have seen huge stingrays, barracuda, angel sharks and many more amazing animals.
Before ZooLab, I worked at stables, pet shops and the odd office. After completing Animal Care at college, I did a childcare apprenticeship and for four years worked with a range of children including those with additional support needs. My job at ZooLab puts all my previous experience together!
What do you love about your job
I am able to meet individuals of all ages, and educate them about a variety of species. The real highlight of the job though is seeing the amazement on people’s faces when they learn something new, hold one of the creatures or even face their fears!
What is your favourite ZooLab animal?
My favourite animals to work with are my cane toad, Tiddilick and my bearded dragon, Darwin. Outside of work my favourite animals are definitely cats and hyenas!
Interesting fact about yourself
I love music and regularly attend festivals/concerts, as well as being able to play 4 different instruments. I’m also interested in learning about the paranormal, and myths and legends - i'm even working on a diploma in parapsychology!
Qualifications and experience
I have a Bsc in Animal Management with a focus on companion and zoo animals. I’ve worked with all sorts of animals from farm and more domestic animals, to bugs and reptiles before starting at Zoolab!
Experience: David’s background is in the performing arts - he studied Musical Theatre at Brighton Academy! David has alway had a keen interest in animals and is enjoying being able to work with them for the first time.
About: “My favourite part of the job is seeing people’s faces light up when they get to meet my animals for the first time.
Growing up, I always wanted a corn snake but mum said no… Now I have two, Kelloggs and Dolly - they are my favourite ZooLab animals.”
Interesting Fact: In his spare time, David can be found hitting targets in the airsoft course!
I love that every day is different! It is so rewarding to watch people overcome their fears and take an interest in our animals. I enjoy inspiring others and showing them how amazing these creatures really are!
My favourite animal is Chester the rescue bearded dragon. He is quite cheeky and has a huge personality. Chester loves being around people and enjoys a cuddle – he always wants to climb into your lap to fall asleep.
I have spent some time in Tasmania working with Tasmanian devils. During this time I lived in a wooden hut in the forest.
I have a BSc (Hons) Degree in Natural History and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. I have previously worked in a zoo and in a high school teaching science.
I love being able to share my passion with younger generations and hopefully ignite the same passion in them during my shows. Teaching children to love, respect and care for animals is a valuable skill which will stay with them for life.
It's hard to choose a favourite animal within my animal team because I love them all! A favourite in shows would have to be Norbert, my very handsome Citrus Bearded Dragon. His cheeky personality always makes everyone laugh!
I love to sing! Anyone who spend long car journeys with me will know that they don't get to listen to any music without me singing at the top of my lungs! I'm also up for any adventure or travelling to as many different places as possible!
I have a degree in Animal Management and have worked in many different places. Including- a livestock farm situated in a secondary school; where the students and I raised the livestock and sold the produce and a children's adventure farm park conducting animals tours, pig racing, haunted house tours and Christmas sleigh rides!
What I love about my job with ZooLab is not only working with a diverse range of animal species but travelling to new places and meeting lots of different people, whether that be young children or the elderly. However, my favourite aspect of the role is caring for animals that I have never worked with before and the exciting prospect of learning more about them!
I’m a massive bird nerd, particularly when it comes to parrots and owls. I have been fortunate enough to train a variety of different bird species at lots of different zoos but it is the great grey owl that steals it for me - with their massive face, impressive wing span and affectionate personality - what’s not to love!
I consider myself a geek and have attended comic con for quite a few years, meaning I have met a few celebrities. I can also tell you what Stargate sg1 episode I’m watching within the first 5 second! Weird I know but I'm a die hard fan! I also own an African grey parrot called Lilo who is very chatty and affectionate!
I have a degree in animal management and am currently studying a diploma in birds of prey. In regards to experience I have been a zookeeper for the last 5 years specialising in animal training for public displays and shows. My dissertation was to look at how humans and rainbow lorikeets interact with each other within their new walkthrough at Colchester zoo!
I love my job because every day is completely different! I love that I get to work with animals on a daily basis and meet new people. It's rewarding that I get to be part of educating children and adults on a topic I feel so passionate about.
My favourite ZooLab animal is Elsa, my rat. She clever, social and is always up to mischief! She also loves to steal my food when I'm eating dinner!
An interesting fact about me is that I have been to South Africa and saw all of the big 5 (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros)! It was a fantastic experience! Whilst I was there, a Boomslang (a highly venomous snake) slithered between my legs!
I have an animal management diploma and am starting university in September to study animal behaviour and conservation. I have also volunteered at West Midlands Safari Park and Dudley zoo.
I have always loved animals and working with them really is a dream come true. I love waking up every morning knowing that I will be going somewhere new and meeting different people from all walks of life. What’s more, I get to share these wonderful experiences with my crew of critters.
My favourite animals are dinosaurs!
I own a HUGE horse! We think that he must be one of the biggest in the UK and he is still a baby!
I have an Extended Diploma in Equine Management and have undertook exotic units covering anatomy and physiology, breeding and conservation.
Name: Joe Campbell
I love being able to educate, inspire and simply see the excitement on the kids’ faces when they get to meet different animals. It is so rewarding to be able to share my passion with others!
My favourite species of animal has to be royal pythons. They are known to be good natured and are an absolutely fascinating species to learn about!
My friends refer to my house as a zoo because I own a wide range of both domestic and exotic animals!
After I left school I studied for 8 years straight! I have a BSc degree in Zoology and Conservation, HND in Animal Management and diplomas in Animal Communication and Veterinary Nursing Assistant!
I have volunteered in many different places, including - vet clinics, an owl and birds of prey conservation centre (I have a Level 3 in Raptor Husbandry), animal based environmental education services, reptile stores and as a guide for Ulster Wildlife!
Experience: Lucy studied Animal Management and Zoology at Capel Manor College. This involved caring for a variety of different animals and learning all about enclosure design and enrichment.
About: “My favourite thing about being a ZooLab Ranger is helping people get over their animal related fears - some of our customers have had these their entire lives...until they get up close to our ZooLab animals. An audience favourite, and my personal ZooLab favourite, is my albino corn snake - Mary Jane.”
Interesting Fact: Lucy’s animal team share their home with a 15-year-old miniature schnauzer named Molly.
Experience: ZooLab’s invertebrates are pretty different to the equines Lucy studied as an undergraduate at Aberystwyth University. Lucy is currently studying for her Masters degree in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law. Who knows, Stimpy the Cockroach may inspire her dissertation topic!
About: “I have always known that I wanted to work with animals - from rescuing shrews from the jaws of a cat to midnight missions where I tried to find a stray pet rat on the streets of Swansea!
Working with ZooLab is great! My favourite part of the job is the look on people's faces when they realise snakes aren't so scary after all, or exclaim "beautiful!" in surprise.”
Lucy is a lifetime 'Ratvocate' - her rats Rhythm and Blues are her favourite team members, although she truly loves all of my creepies in different ways.
Interesting Fact: A love for animals runs in the family! Lucy's Grandfather used to have a pet snake who attended university lectures with him in secret!
I love being able to teach people of all ages about the wonderful animals that there are in the world.
My giant African land snails.
I'm fascinated by sharks and other marine life.
I have a degree in zoo biology and have grown up as a dairy farmer
I love the variety the job brings; educating people of all ages and backgrounds about animals, science and the environment.
My favourite animal is the dragonfly, one of the most primitive and effective hunters! My favourite ZooLab animal is Froakie, the very cute Australian tree frog.
I worked as an English language teacher in Japan for a year. I enjoyed seeing all the different varieties of wildlife they have including lots of very beautiful, big bugs!
I have a degree in Zoology so I'm passionate about spreading the importance of preserving the natural world, and all the creatures within it!
Peter Davies - Central Ranger (North West)
Why do you love your job? I think the most rewarding part of the job is educating people not to be afraid of certain animals. I myself have a bit of a fear of spiders but being able to observe them has allowed me to overcome this fear.Iif I can apply that to someone who has a fear of a certain animal then it makes me feel proud that I'm able to change a person’s life by doing something I enjoy.
Peter's favourite ZooLab animal is his snake, because these are his favourite type of animal!
Interesting fact - I have a fascination with reptiles; snakes being a particular favourite. I'm a collector of boas and pythons and hoping to expand my collection in the future. I am also a semi-professional miniature painter!
Experience/qualifications: Over 10 years’ experience dealing with exotic animals.
Why do you love your job? One main reason why I will love my job is down to educating people on environmental pressures on wildlife and habitats throughout the world. Also introducing them to new animals and hopefully quashing a few phobias.
Sarah Akarsu – Customer Service Champion
Why do you love your job? I love telling kids about the animals and seeing their wee faces light up when they get to hold them. Its great going to care homes and watching first-hand how positively animals affect the residents.
Sarah's favourite ZooLab animal is Dave the tree frog. He is just such a stunning little fella. He has such a chilled out personality.
Interesting fact - I have a 15-year old goldfish. I've been keeping reptiles since I was eleven. And I can move my eyes like a chameleon (lizard).
Experience/qualifications: Eleven years keeping reptiles and qualified first aider
Name: Tristan Bruce
Name: Tyler Barry
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