Love Your Zoo!
PUBLISHED: 13:32 12 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:42 20 February 2013
Rosalind Smith discovers why Newquay Zoo, and people who work there, are such an inspiration for Cornwall
Rosalind Smith discovers why Newquay Zoo, and people who work there, are such an inspiration for Cornwall...
The family-friendly resort of Newquay has many things to boast fantastic beaches, beautiful surrounding countryside and a fantastic community spirit. As well as all this it has Newquay Zoo, a lovely charity that is doing great things both internationally in terms of conservation and locally in terms of inspiration about the natural world. Here we meet some of the members of the team and discover why we should all love Cornwall and love Newquay Zoo.
Lorraine Reid,Events Manager
Cornwall is a great place as it has such a friendly atmosphere, which was the reason why I used to come down with the family from Scotland every year on holiday. It would take 10 hours in a car, and although we could have gone halfway around the world in the same length of time, we always preferred to come here. One of our favourite places to visit was Tintagel, and I even have photos of the kids, taken each year as they were growing up, standing on top of the castle. Now I live here, its a dream come true!
My role at the zoo is so varied and no two days are the same. It is great when we see familiar faces coming back year after year. We benefit the local community as well as our own charity. While I am quite hands-off with the animals, I still get to walk past a lion every day and chat to a meerkat on my break. How many people can say that!
John Meek,Animal Collections Manager
No day is the same and that is the main reason why I love my job. I dont just get to work alongside some magnificent animals but what I do helps them both in the zoo and in the wild. Newquay Zoo is making huge progress with international conservation projects and that is something that I am proud to be part of. My favourite animal at the zoo changes daily but my current favourites are the black wildebeest they are really incredible animals. Cornwall is a great place to live as there is a real focus on outdoor life. Getting out and exploring the coastline, the woodland and the towns with the family is a great way to spend a weekend, and I particularly enjoy going to Padstow and eating fish and chips on the quay.
Lottie Owens, Events/Education Assistant
I moved down to Newquay from Birmingham to study, and my foundation science degree gave me a great background for my work at the zoo. I now work full-time here part-time in the education department and part-time with events. I love hosting birthday parties in particular, as the children are so excited about their day, and meeting the animals, and I hope that I manage to inspire them to think more about conservation and the role that they can play. I love living and working in Cornwall. The cliff path walk around Fistral Beach is stunning and one of my favourite places in the entire world.
Nicole Howarth, Keeper
I am so excited to work at the zoo. With so many graduates struggling to find employment, I have been given a fantastic opportunity here. When I first visited I was impressed with the dedication to animal conservation especially the in-situ projects so it is great for me to gain valuable experience in a business with such strong environmental credentials. The zoo is a unique and special environment in the same way that Cornwall is everyone wants to get involved and help each other out its a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
I studied for my degree in Cornwall and use my qualification not only working with the lemurs at the zoo but