Head Keeper and Education Officer
I have been an Animal Keeper at the Park for a number of years but not before studying BSc Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare) at Plymouth University.
If i'm not getting my toes chewed by our cheeky Otters or running around catching up newly hatched ducklings, I am now running around after my little girl who I'm sure will be as passionate as I am about Wildlife I am judging by how much she loves coming to the Park to visit all the Animals!
In the years I have worked at the Seaview Wildlife I have been lucky enough to experience and fulfill some lifelong dreams including to visit Cape Town, South Africa, where I volunteered for 6 weeks with SANCCOB (The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and was involved in the rehabilitation and release of endangered African Penguins and other sick or injured marine birds.
However to this day perhaps my most memorable wildlife encounters have been in New Zealand where I was given the opportunity to swim with a colony of playful seals, observe the rarest yellow-eyed penguin emerge from the sea after a hard days fishing and capture the moment of a humpback whale's fluke disappearing into the depths of the ocean!
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE
Providing educational/interactive presentations and encounters to visitors, school children, both on/off site.
Day to day care of all the animals at the Park, including: administering medication, providing enrichment, providing a clean environment for them, providing fresh, clean food and water daily.
Organisation of Animal Care Team to ensure smooth operation of daily tasks. Training of new Keepers and volunteers. General and medical assistance to visitors and Keepers.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PARK AND WHY
My favourite part is the general outlook and position of the Park with the Solent and nature reserve in view!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ANIMAL OR BIRD AT THE PARK AND WHY
All the animals at the Park light up my day and put a smile on my face so it's impossible to have a favourite animal as they all have their own cheeky characters!
WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB
The close interaction with the animals at the Park in an outdoor environment.
Providing visitors with an educational and interactive experience, especially young children! The beautiful location and surrounds of the Park, providing the animals with spacious and natural-looking enclosures.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD KEEPER
Hardworking, dedicated and passionate person who doesn't mind getting their hands dirty (and occasionally getting the odd bite or bruise!)
WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF WORK
Wildlife photography, pencil drawing my favourite animals at the Park, snorkelling, walking, conservation issues (Wildlife Trust, BDMLR)
WHAT'S YOUR TOP TIP FOR VISITORS
Leave yourself plenty of time to take lots of photos...And don't forget to try one of Charlie's homemade cakes!