My Day as a Zookeeper
Last week I found myself spending the day as a zookeeper thanks to a competition sponsored by Flash & Wilkinson. To enter, you had to purchase a Flash product, and there were ten prizes of a zookeeper experience for two plus £50 travel expenses up for grabs. I shouldn’t have to remind you that any competition requiring a purchase, be it instant win, prize draw or slogan, is WELL worth doing because the majority of people simply aren’t organised enough to enter! Keep an eye on the blog for my top tips on winning ‘Purchase Necessary’ comps, coming soon…
I’ve actually spent most of this year trying to book the zookeeper experience as none of the specified zoos were anywhere near me – eventually I managed to sort out a zookeeper day on my own in London rather than a day for two at Dudley!
We met at London Zoo at 8.45am to be briefed by Jane, who was knowledgable, compassionate, strict and hilarious. Seriously, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of this woman!
Rob and Ryland even popped along to cheer me on at various points!
Shovelling zebra shit
Finally we went into the lemur enclosure, where I made friends with a shy fella called Smeagol who was a fluffy unloved pet taken in by the zoo, and very fond of butternut squash. It was a brilliant and fascinating day and from what I saw, the animals seem very well cared for (and fed!). The staff there were charming and we had endless delicious refreshments to keep us going, and even got a certificate at the end. If you fancy doing a zookeeper day yourself, then keep an eye out for BuyaGift or Red Letter Day vouchers as competition prizes – £299 worth will get you a zookeeper experience day at London Zoo. Good luck!
PS. Be warned – if you do it, you will smell bloody awful on the train journey home!