Sadie enjoyed like many youngsters a steady stream of household pets as a child from a Budgerigar to a Russian Hamster and the all-time family favourite of Goldfish. She embarked on her first weekend job as a dog walker for the local kennels. Before the birth of her daughter Sadie and her husband had their own furry family of two rabbits called Toffee and Tigger.
These were later re-housed at the nursery her daughter attended before their own house move. Sadie continues to encourage an animal environment at home and has since rescued 3 cats from Cats Protection.
Melissa's passion for wildlife stems from her early childhood. She has grown up around animals and knew from an early age that exotic creatures were where her heart lay. This is reflected in her work history which spans over 20 years of working in UK and foreign zoos (including working alongside Steve Irwin back in the 1990's). Much of her work has involved presenting daily public displays and schools educational talks. Melissa has also spent several years in the equine industry, working mainly in riding schools where she taught both children and adults.
Haslington Meerkat Encounter
On a rainy Sunday, today's visit was to Alexandra in Haslington, Cheshire who celebrated her 7th birthday. Alex loves Meerkats, so the Meerkat Encounter Party was perfect!
Our meerkat boys Neo and Tamu went, along with some other Zoo2U exotic animals to help her celebrate. The highlights were Neo making himself at home on the sofa, while Alex took a particular liking to Anja the Greater Hedgehog Tenrec. Everyone had a great time at this magical animal party and Alex even got her own Meerkat! I wonder if she will name it after one of ours.