This month we were delighted to accept a new ambassador to our growing team. Here’s a short introduction from Hannah:
My name’s Hannah Van De Loo and I’m a Primate Keeper at Twycross Zoo in the UK. I have been working with Primates for nearly 3 years and have loved every minute of it. My passion for Primates started visiting zoos when I was younger and grew from there. I began my zoo career as a Trainee keeper at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in the UK. It was great to learn basic knowledge about Primates and gain a better understanding of these amazing mammals. I then decided to do some work experience at a few zoos, including Twycross, to gain more knowledge.
My original Primate Keeper role for Twycross Zoo was to cover for someone on Maternity leave, but after a few months I was lucky enough to get the job permanently. I have now been working for the Zoo for over a year and I absolutely love it! I have been given some great opportunities, including taking charge of enrichment rotas for the section and training various species of primates including guenons. I am also on the committee for the 2nd International Animal Training Conference being held at the Zoo. Of course one of the most exciting opportunities was becoming a Primate Keeper at the world primate centre, it’s a great privilege and I am very grateful.
I am thoroughly looking forward to assisting CERCOPAN with fundraising, helping sell merchandise and maybe even designing some! I would also love to run quiz nights and I am hoping to go out and visit the charity in Nigeria and see the Primates that I am helping. I think that CERCOPAN is doing a great job in conserving threatened primates and I cant wait to help them make a difference.
Thank you :)
If you would like to get involved and become an ambassador, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.