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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:AUGUST/SEPTEMBER


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In every workplace, some people come and go, yet there are others who stay for years!


There are a few members of staff at the Park who have been with us for a long time. With all that experience, comes a depth of knowledge, not only about our current animals but also the history of the Park. If you ever get the chance to speak to Leanne, she will certainly have a tale or two to tell!


Name: Leanne Whitham Position: Cover Keeper and Receptionist


From a young age, I have always known that I wanted to work with animals, whether that was as a vet nurse, or in conservation or as a Zoo Keeper. I started my degree in Zoology at Liverpool John Moores University, hoping it would help me make up my mind. As part of my degree, I took a gap year working at Chester Zoo with the parrots and penguins. This was when I decided that Zoo Keeping was for me.


As soon as I finished my degree, I started applying for jobs including one for a Cover Keeper at Trotters world of animals.


A lot has changed since then, including the name change to The Lake District Wildlife Park. I went from full-time Cover Keeper to Carnivore Keeper, which I did for about three years. During this time, I got to work


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LEANNE’S VOCATION AS A


but I had a lot to keep me busy. After almost ten months, I came back but in a new position. My new part-time role allows me to work both on the park with the animals and inside on reception, seeing a different side of the park. This allows for the perfect work - life balance, spending time with my daughter and some time back with the animals.


Now, eight years later, a slight job change and a baby, I am still here and loving it.


Leanne with Mei Li, the Red Panda


closely with our Omnivores and Carnivores including my favourite, the Red Panda. Our female, Mei li and our male, Charu came down their tree each morning to greet me and eat grapes. I also got to work with our beautiful Lynx, Elva and Cae, who greeted me at the fence every morning waiting for their breakfast.


I then took some time off to have a baby. It was hard not seeing the animals every day,


Cae the Lynx


Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team Find out more at www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com


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