Saturday, June 30, 2018




The TAG covers all species of marmosets and tamarins and currently supports conservation programmes in Colombia (cotton-top tamarin and white-footed tamarin) and Brazil (pied tamarin, buffy tufted-ear marmoset, golden lion tamarin, golden-headed lion tamarin and black lion tamarin). 
The TAG meets twice a year, in the spring and at the EAZA meeting in September, and works hard to fulfil its aims between meetings. We are a dynamic and friendly group and work hard to make a difference for these small monkeys.  We have a Regional Collection Plan (RCP) (2014), which will be updated after our ICAP and RCP meetings in April 2018.  We also have a Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) which are regularly updated.
The TAG’s Education Advisor is an important contributor to the development and work of the TAG. 

•        Helping source students to assist with survey and studbook work whilst carrying out projects
•        Contributing to Regional Collection Plan and Best Practice Guidelines documents
•        Improving communication and training by the use of modern methods, e.g. using movies as an addition to the BPG
•        Improving TAG communication regarding field conservation support with a view of gaining more support from EAZA members for field conservation and also in communicating this to their zoo visitors
•        Encouraging zoos to run callitrichid days (e.g. cotton-top tamarin and golden lion tamarin) which both raise funds for projects and also engender public awareness and support in zoos

•        To further improve communication with EAZA members in assisting them in promoting callitrichid conservation to visitors, using innovative methods, and thus increase support for programmes
•        Working with the person in the TAG’s (new) position of marketing advisor to improve awareness of callitrichid behaviour, biology and conservation
•        Encouraging callitrichid holders to implement the BPG, train staff, and carry out welfare audits on their animals
•        To encourage EAZA collections to use callitrichids in the conservation education programmes by providing them with suitable materials

•        Be able to attend the two meetings per year and contributed to the work of the TAG between meetings
•        Have the time and resources to assist with the aims and activities of the TAG
•        Quickly respond to emails and other correspondence
•        Come up with exciting and innovative ideas

Applications should be sent to the TAG Chair and to the co-chairs

Eric Bairrão Ruivo, Chair
Dominic Wormell, Vice-Chair

Miranda Stevenson, Vice-Chair

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Friday, June 29, 2018

Animal Curator

Animal Curator 
The Living Rainforest and the Trust for Sustainable Living are Co-Authors in a vision that combines 3 glasshouses providing a unique, sensory and immersive experience creating wonder and curiosity about the environment and life sciences with a mission to inspire the next generation to reach out to a sustainable future though imagination and leadership. Our Educational charity ensures that we are a highly sought after centre for schools right across the South of England and our Zoological team provide the canvass on which we all work
The Living Rainforest Centre has a highly talented, knowledgeable and enthusiastic zoological team who maintain the animal collection and constantly review the collections management, standards and practices. Equally importantly they develop our collection to offer a unique blend of taxa diversity and an authentic rainforest feel to ensure our visitors have an inspiring visit.
This is a great opportunity to work with a wide variety of species from Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians to Fish and Invertebrates.

The Role
As Curator you will lead a dedicated and enthusiastic team
•        to ensure the highest standards of animal husbandry, welfare and exhibit
•        Overseeing budgets and developing conservation projects in keeping with the ethos of the organisation
•        Oversee department staff and volunteer development, training and evaluation both in animal management and customer service
•        Develop public engagement
•        Set and implement protocols to allow safe and legal functioning of the department and maintain welfare standards.
•        Implement all developing zoo and other relative legislation (including Zoo license, CITES, BALAI, Article 30 and 10, records and more)
•        The team is small so this is a hands-on role which is both fulfilling and challenging

The successful candidate will have

•        Relevant degree and preferably, a higher degree
•        5 to 6 years (ever increasing responsibility) within a zoo environment
•        Senior keep status with managerial experience within a range of zoological collections
•        Experience of a diversity of taxa, husbandry and management of animal exhibits and facilities within a themed environment
•        Strong leadership skills and the ability to build strong working relationships across teams

To apply
Please send current CV and covering letter to:
Paula Rhoads
Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys
RG18 0TN

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Lead Keeper Hoofstock

Lead Keeper Hoofstock- (Interim)

Job Ref: LEL1449

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park has been one of the UK’s best-loved attractions for over 50 years. As a business we are passionate about providing wondrous and immersive experiences which lead to lifelong memories for the 800,000 guests that visit us every year. Our Hoofstock Team are looking for confident and enthusiastic Lead Keeper to join the team for an interim period of up to 12 months for maternity cover.


This is an exciting opportunity for a Lead Keeper within our Hoofstock team. The lead keeper will be responsible in a senior role for leading the team in all aspects of the daily care of the animals, ensuring excellent levels of guest experiences.

You will be working with an incredible variety of species including White Rhinos, Ring-tailed and brown Lemurs, Eland, Bongo, Rhesus Macaques, Grants Zebra and our very successful group of Rothschild Giraffe.


Our ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You must be able to lead by example and have strength in team management as well as the ability to think creatively and make operational decisions as they arise.

You will ideally have 5 years’ experience working in an animal collection, including in a supervisory role and have a flexible approach to work well under pressure. A specific vocational and technical qualification, such as a DMZAA qualification or suitable recognised equivalent experience is essential.

Please note, internal applicants must be at minimum Grade 2 Keeper level to apply.


This is a Fixed Term position of up to 12 months, working 40 hours a week hours over 5 days as required by the business to include weekends, evenings and bank holidays. Hours will vary from 8.30am until close (times vary throughout the season).


As part of the Longleat team, we offer unique benefits such as complimentary Longleat and Cheddar Gorge & Caves Day Tickets, attractive discounts on annual passes, special nightly rates on group hotels, discounted hotel Spa treatments, life assurance cover, and 29 days paid holiday (pro rata).

Our Values and Behaviours

We expect all of our team to embrace our company values, and display ‘Longleat behaviours’. This post requires flexibility of hours, energy application and passion.

At Longleat, we focus on our People and our Guests, to listen actively, to work as a team, to empower others and to show empathy. Our values are:

We Engage and Inspire – We focus on engaging and inspiring our guests, delivering unique and lifelong memories
We Put People First – We seek to serve others and put their interests first. We treat them with respect, we value their opinions and collaborate to be better together

We Continuously Improve – We embrace change and pursue excellence in everything we do
We Act with Integrity – We work in a principled, open and conscientious manner
We Take Safety Seriously – Never compromising on a safe and secure environment

When we recruit we place equal emphasis on technical ability and personal attributes to match our brand values.
For more information about the role and to apply online, please visit:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Trainee Zoo Keeper

Trainee Zoo Keeper

Drusillas Park

We are seeking a confident, outgoing, full time zoo keeper with a minimum of one years experience working for a zoo or in a similar animal environment.  An outgoing personality and the ability to communicate effectively with the general public (including undertaking keeper talks) are essential.  Applicants must have a full driving licence and a car, and also hold an relevant animal care qualification.  For information about the animals at Drusillas please see our Animal Gallery website page. We offer a competitive annual salary, subsidised lunches and a sensible relocation package. 

Closing date for applications is: 9th Jul 2018

For an application form please contact Sue Woodgate, Zoo Manager 01323 874110

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Manager

Animal Manager

Go to the Facebook Page for further Details

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Experienced Animal Keeper (Displays), Animal Encounters

Experienced Animal Keeper (Displays), Animal Encounters

Woburn Safari Park is home to some of the world's most magnificent and endangered animals.  The Park consists of a Foot Safari, Road Safari and catering outlets and is enjoyed by families looking for a fun day out.  It is also home to The Safari Lodge, a unique events venue.

We are currently recruiting for a dedicated, reliable and confident team member to join our successful Animal Encounters section, based in the Foot Safari area.  This position is offered on a full time, permanent basis.
You will be responsible for maintaining a safe environment for both yourself and the visitors by adhering to associated risk assessments and protocols without exception.

Working as part of the demonstrations team, you will deliver high quality educational and entertaining displays of natural behaviours. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with and train an exciting collection of birds, reptiles and mammals, including, but not exclusively; raptors, psittacines and Californian sea lions; and be a part of continually developing and improving the daily displays.

The zoo animal management qualification (DMZAA) is desirable but not essential for this position, however; you would be expected to work towards achieving this.

The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, flexible, hard working individual who has a good understanding of animal behaviour and previous experience training and working with a variety of species. The ability to take part in public presentations is essential as well as exceptional animal husbandry skills, high standards of animal care and excellent communication skills.

To apply please click HERE

Our ideal candidate will have significant experience with the species we hold, however those candidates’ with comparable experience will be considered.
Preference will be given to applicants that have worked and/or volunteered within the following fields: Zoos, Safari Parks, Farming/Agriculture & Equestrian.

Closing date: 27th July 2018

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant