Our new Assistant Curator

One of DZG’s most familiar faces has landed a new role with us – meet our new Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood!

DZG Jay Haywood

The 33 year-old started work here straight from school at 16 years-old and has worked his way up the zoo ladder to his latest promotion.

Jay, from Dudley, said: “I’m thrilled to be given such a position of responsibility at the zoo. It’s a great honour for me as I love working here.

The zoo gets into your blood and it quickly becomes your life and not just a job.”

Jay joined the zoo team as an apprentice keeper and has spent the last 17 years working with the zoo’s big cats and ungulates.

Jay added: “I’m looking forward to carrying out my new role, it will also give me a great opportunity to work with all the different animal sections on the zoo and learn how they work and the variety of animals they care for.”

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “Jay is a hard working, enthusiastic and popular member of staff who has shown great dedication to the zoo for almost two decades and I am delighted with this promotion.

“He’ll be an asset to the DZG curating team, which will also enable him to gain more experience on the management and development side of zoo life”