I joined WildCRU as the Administrative Assistant in August 2021, where I provide general administrative support to WildCRU and the postgraduate students here.
My background is in both office and zoo keeping, having worked in 3 zoos across the UK for the last 2 years.
I gained office and administrative experience when I worked as a Junior Designer for a property awards and magazine company for 2 years before deciding to move back towards a career that involved working with / around animals.
I was an intern on the carnivore section at Colchester Zoo in 2019, where I worked closely with a variety of incredible animals. My role involved training and enrichment building along with the general day to day keeping of the animals. I have always had a great love for felids, and I found a particular love for Amur leopards after working so closely with them in my zoo keeping career. I was lucky enough to support and contribute to the successful breeding of the Amur leopard pair at Colchester, resulting in 2 healthy cubs – the first success with this species at Colchester Zoo.
After the end of my internship, I moved on to Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire, and then later to Sandwich Wildlife Park in Kent.
I am thrilled to be working with WildCRU as Administrative Assistant, as it means I can utilise my office experience whilst keeping animals and conservation close to the heart of what I do.