New roles for familiar faces!

Three friendly faces who have spent the last year working at Dudley Zoo have landed exciting new roles with us.

An Apprentice Keeper and a Weekend Keeper, who’ve both been at Dudley for 12 months, have gained full-time Trainee Keeper positions and one of our Customer Service team members, who has also been with us a year, has started work down on the DZG Farm at weekends.

Danielle Partridge


Twenty-year-old Danielle Partridge, pictured above with micro-pigs Chuck and Brian, was a DZG Apprentice Keeper last year and is “over the moon” to have clinched a Trainee Keeper’s post – her first full-time job.

During her apprenticeship through Dudley College, she spent six months working with our primates and six months on the birds section.

She has also completed an NVQ Level 2 in customer service, an NVQ Level 3 in animal management and a BTEC Level 2 after finishing an animal nursing assistant course.

Danielle, from Rowley Regis, said: “I’m over the moon to have got this job and feel I have achieved something.

“I’m on the Farm full-time and am so grateful for the opportunity. There is nothing I don’t like doing and I love coming into work.”

Josh Luxton


Josh, pictured above, had been working as a weekend keeper on the DZG Farm for a year before getting his new role as Trainee Keeper on the Ungulates Section.

The 21-year-old from Oldbury studied at Halesowen College to achieve an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in animal management and an HNC in the same subject.

Josh said: “This is what I’ve always wanted to do since I can remember. I absolutely love it, especially working with the tapirs.”

Amy Paddock


Amy Paddock, pictured above, has wanted to work with animals for years and is thrilled to have been given the job of Weekend Keeper on the Farm.

The 22-year-old from Walsall has spent the last 12 months working as part of our Customer Services team, which has included looking after our visiting Little Zoo Keepers.

But now Amy, who will still work in the Safari Shop, is much more hands on helping care and feed for our collection of animals down on the Farm.

Amy said: “I’m so excited. Working closely with animals is my dream and getting this job is amazing. I’m really loving what I’m doing.”

Congratulations to Danielle, Josh and Amy on your new DZG adventures!