Meet the Team

Gary-Hunt

Gary Hunt

Park Director

The man who started the zoo with only a couple of pygmy goats... Gary has been here since the start, developing the park into what it is today! Gary works almost every hour of every day, to help maintain the park for the animals and to keep the visitors happy!

Favourite species at the park:
Pygmy goats

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Lucy Stalker

Animal Manager

Lucy runs the animal section at the park. Her organisation, dedication, and attention to detail helps to keep all the animals happy and in good health. Lucy has a keen eye for photography, responsible for most of the photos on this wesbite!

Favourite species at the park:
Skunks

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Rob Terrell

Zoological Curator

Alongside Lucy, Rob leads the animal section at the park. Rob also plans, develops, and runs the educational and conservation programmes with the animal team. You'll likely find him lingering around enclosures looking for an excuse to show visitors some of the animals!

Favourite species at the park:
Wallabies

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Hannah Forrest

Park Manager

Hannah not only manages the café , but is also in charge of most of the administration duties at the park. She manages the day-to-day operations to ensure that everything runs smoothly.


Favourite species at the park:
Camels

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Stephen Giles

Zookeeper

'Crocodile Stevo' is, as you may have guessed, a crocodilian expert! Having travelled the world researching the reptile, Steve now helps to take care of the animals, educate visitors, and lead many of our research projects and animal training programme!

Favourite animal at the park:
Caiman

Pheobe Keeper

Phoebe Peploe

Zookeeper

Phoebe is a positive character with a keen interest for ecology! You'll likely catch her delivering an iconic meerkat talk, giving enrichment to animals, or finding a way to make a customers day!



Favourite species at the park:
Meerkats

Harry-Farley

Harry Farley

Park Operative

Having originally started at Chew Valley as a keeper, Harry has a great eye for developing enclosures to suit the natural needs of the animals. He is a friendly and outgoing character, always educating visitors with a random fact!

Favourite species at the park:
Chickens

Rich-Batchelor

Rich Batchelor

Volunteer Operative

Other than Gary, Rich is the longest serving member of the team. You'll find Rich mowing all the lawns, building enrichment and houses for the animals, and helping the operative team with their busy schedules!


Favourite species at the park:
Camels

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Ian Humphreys

Park Operative

Ian is an animal-loving and creative member of the operative team, always thinking of new ideas to keep the animals stimulated and happy! If he's not aiding an operative project, the all-rounder is offering help to all other sections at the park!

Favourite species at the park:
Capybaras

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Sophia Flower

Zookeeper

Aspiring veterinary surgeon, Sophia is a very knowledgable and intelligent member of the team. Sophia helps all around the park, but particuarly enjoys looking after the birds!


Favourite species at the park:
Eagle owls

LIV

Liv Birdsey

Zookeeper

Liv's dedication and commitment to the animals is very evident. Whether doing it herself or helping to organise others, Liv ensures animals are kept in top conditions and is always eager to do more to maintain their upmost welfare!

Favourite species at the park:
Capybaras

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Lauren Geary

Zookeeper

Lauren is another aspiring veterinary surgeon, and plays an important role completing routine animal health checks. Although working with all animals at the park, Lauren particularly enjoys looking after and bottle feeding the goat kids!

Favourite species at the park:
Coati and Raccoon

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Paul Tompkinson

Zookeeper

Paul's main interest are reptiles and invertebrates - having his own impressive collection at home! His experience keeping his animals translates well, helping to look after and keep all the animals at the park healthy!
Favourite species at the park:
Caiman

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Joe Jones

Cafe Supervisor

Joe supervises the cafe on a day-to-day basis and is responsible for the delicious food on the menu! She is very caring, always looking after the team to make sure everyone is well fed!

Favourite species at the park:
Foxes

We would also like to recognise everyone else in our team, from everyone working in the bar and café, and all of the dedicated volunteers within the animal section! We take any questions you have, just come speak to us when visiting!