Our Staff

Tilgate Nature Centre is a great place to visit, but it’s also a fab place to work! Our team of animal-lovers work tirelessly to look after the animals and engage with the public.

Click on the names below to find out a bit more about some of our fantastic staff members!

Ciaran                               Karen                                Nicole

Paul                                     Sam                              Sandra

Richard                                                 Debbie

 

Ciaran – Zookeeper (Madagascar Zone)

Q. Hi Ciaran! Which animal do you love working with at Tilgate and why?

A. Leaf-tailed gecko. It’s such an unusual species and its camouflage is amazing!

Q. Which animals would you love to see come to the Nature Centre and why?

A. Spectacled bears or Komodo dragons: I’m a fan of giant animals – the more dangerous the better!

Q. Finally, what do you love about working at Tilgate Nature Centre?

A. Watching the zoo grow and working with new species that arrive.

 

Karen – Zookeeper (Australasia Zone)

Q. Hi Karen! Which animal do you love working with at Tilgate and why?

A. I like the potoroos in the Australasian Zone. They sleep quite a lot but they always come out and see me when I feed them in the mornings!

Q. Which animals would you love to see come to the Nature Centre and why?

A. I’d love it if we had a butterfly house.

Q. Finally, what do you love about working at Tilgate Nature Centre?

A. Being able to work outside (yes, even in the winter!), and working with a wide variety of animals every day.

 

Nicole – Zookeeper (Africa Zone)

Q. Hi Nicole! Which animal do you love working with at Tilgate and why?

A. I love our African grey hornbills! We have a mating pair called Malek and Malika which means ‘king’ and ‘queen’ in Somali. Our hornbills have brilliant characters and, surprisingly, have a variety of calls.

Q. Which animals would you love to see come to the Nature Centre and why?

A.  Porcupines! I used to work with a family of porcupines at another zoo, they’re awesome animals.

Q. Finally, what do you love about working at Tilgate Nature Centre?

A. I’ve always loved caring for animals and there’s such a wide range of species at Tilgate to look after and learn about.

 

Paul – Zookeeper (Europe Zone)

Q. Hi Paul! Which animal do you love working with at Tilgate and why?

A. That’s a tough decision! It’s between the raccoon dogs, Sumo and Sushi, and our ring-tailed coati, Diego.

Q. Which animals would you love to see come to the Nature Centre and why?

A. Black and white-ruffed lemurs. Their big fluffy tails and booming calls are something to behold.

Q. Finally, what do you love about working at Tilgate Nature Centre?

A. Working with animals is always so rewarding.

 

Sandra – Zookeeper (Domestic Zone)

Q. Hi Sandra! Which animal do you love working with at Tilgate and why?

A. I don’t think I can pick just one. Can I choose four? My favourites are Nipper and Jimmy the donkeys, and Cinnamon and Nutmeg the ponies.

Q. Which animals would you love to see come to the Nature Centre and why?

A. I would love to get elephants at Tilgate! But I’m not sure we have the room…!

Q. Finally, what do you love about working at Tilgate Nature Centre?

A. I love working outside and working with lots of different species.

 

Richard – Education Officer

Q. Hi Richard! Which animal do you love working with at Tilgate and why?

A. I love so many of the animals here; Fezziwig the barn owl, Alf the tapir… But much like our visitors, I do love the meerkats! They’ve got such varied, cheeky personalities.

Q. Which animals would you love to see come to the Nature Centre and why?

A. Aardvarks! They’re such unique, interesting animals. I remember the first time I saw one in real life, and they just looked so much more bizarre than I thought. I love it when nature surprises you more than you think it could.

Q. Finally, what do you love about working at Tilgate Nature Centre?

A. In my job, I get the chance to talk to the public all about animals. It’s so amazing to be able to get other people excited about the natural world!

 

Debbie – Retail Manager

Q. Hi Debbie! Which animal do you love working with at Tilgate and why?

A. Scrooge the Bengal eagle owl! He is incredibly handsome and has hypnotising amber eyes.

Q. Which animals would you love to see come to the Nature Centre and why?

A. Squirrel monkeys! They’re mischievous and cheeky, endless entertainment!

Q. Finally, what do you love about working at Tilgate Nature Centre?

A. I love seeing customers having a fun and educational day out. And, of course, working with the lovely Nature Centre staff.

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