A former volunteer has landed a permanent post as a trainee animal keeper.
Zoology graduate, Clare Westwood, from Wolverhampton, will initially be based at the zoo’s farm.
Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said he was pleased to welcome Clare to the full-time team.
He said:?”Clare will join fellow apprentices on our in-house training scheme at NVQ Level 2, which is a practical qualification in the care of exotic animals.”
He added:?”Clare showed her commitment as a volunteer in the Discovery Centre, helping to present Creature Features.?
“She later went on to weekend duties with the ungulates section, working alongside senior keepers.”
Twenty five year-old Clare is so dedicated to her career that she continues to work as a volunteer with giraffes and tapirs on her days off.
She said: “I am delighted to be starting a full time role at DZG, and so happy that all my hard work has paid off.
“The people I work with are lovely and that makes it even better.”
CAPTION: Trainee animal keeper at Dudley Zoo, Clare Westwood, sets to work in the guanaco enclosure.