Clare lands trainee keeper’s job

A former volunteer has landed a permanent post as a trainee animal keeper.

Clairewestwood2-webZoology 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.