A Foundation Degree in Zoo Management from Reaseheath led Caroline to her dream job as an African Hoofstock Keeper. Working for West Midlands Safari Park Caroline’s in charge of the health and wellbeing of all the hoofstock animals including white rhino, Rothschild giraffe and Grevy’s zebra.
A demanding and rewarding role, Caroline’s out working in all weathers patrolling the reserves to make sure the public and animals are kept safe on site.
Caroline, 22, first came across West Midland’s Safari Park when she completed her work experience module there during her degree. Having impressed zoo staff with her dedication, she went on to gain a summer placement and shortly after was offered her full-time hoofstock keeper role.
She’s currently completing a Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) to become a fully qualified zoo keeper and hopes to continue training to eventually progress to a senior keeper position.
Getting out into the industry and proving you’re hard working is incredibly important if you want a career as a zoo keeper. Your qualifications will get you so far, but it’s work experience that really makes you stand out from the crowd.