Proactive in primates

A DZG keeper will be taking a proactive stance in primates, after being named as co-chair of the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Primate Focus Group.

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Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, who currently works with the site’s ungulates and big cats, has previously worked with primates at past animal collections and has been at the forefront of raising awareness and funds for critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaques. 

Jodie, aged 25, said: “I am so excited to start and I’m really proud to get the role.

“I love my job and I feel lucky to be able to do what I do, but I’m the type of person who always wants to do that extra bit more and this will allow me to oversee the work with primates across the UK.”

Jodie, who is also the UK Regional Co-ordinator at Selamatkan Yaki, a Sulawesi crested macaque conservation, research and education project in Indonesia, will take up her voluntary role in the next few weeks. 

As part of the job, Jodie will be co-chairing regular committee meetings and overseeing online conferences with the group, as they work towards producing guidelines and protocols for primates in BIAZA collections.

DZG Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “We were delighted to hear Jodie had secured the job. This is a great achievement for her and is also great news for our primate collection here in Dudley as well as primates in collections throughout the UK.”

Well done, Jodie!