Matt Cruxton

Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care 2016

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management plus GCSE Maths 2018

Foundation Degree Animal Behaviour and Welfare 2020

BSc (Hons) in Zoo Management 2021 (First Class)

Job title: Small carnivores and mammal keeper at Hemsley Conservation Centre, Kent

“The experiences I had during six years at Reaseheath have shaped my future. After my Level 2 Diploma I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on an amazing student trip. After my Level 3 Diploma I went to Namibia, where we cared for cheetahs, leopards and lions in a sanctuary and carried out field work such as tracking and surveying.

“During my foundation degree I volunteered at Reaseheath’s zoo and became a part-time keeper. It was a fantastic opportunity for hands-on experience with a BIAZA collection and cemented my decision to become a zoo keeper.

“The whole package helped me stand out, and I now have a great job caring for endangered and unusual species such as maned wolves, tayras and an aardwolf.”