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Meet the Education team

The Zoo's Education Team. From left to right, Dave, Rose, Natasha, Amy, Bonnie and Debbie.

Simon Garrett

Simon Garrett, B.Sc.(Hons), FRGS, Head of Learning; Simon has worked full-time at the Zoo since June 1990. He led a six month expedition to Venezuela in 1989 after graduating in Biology from Bristol University. Simon has also been involved in field work in Zimbabwe and the Comoro Islands.

Dave Naish

Dave Naish, BSc (Hons), Education Manager; Dave is a zoologist who joined the department, returning to the UK after 10 years living abroad. In Ecuador and Peru he worked as a guide and researcher in the rainforest. In 2000 he managed a research camp in the wilds of Tanzania.

Claudy Fox

Claudy Fox, BSc (Hons), PGCE, Senior Education Officer. Claudy joined the department in October 2002 but has worked previously as a Bristol Zoo Volunteer and summer Education Assistant. She has also worked at the BBC Natural History Unit, the conservation charity BTCV, and Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire. Claudy has worked in the field in Europe, Tanzania, and Costa Rica.

Debbie Berry

Debbie Berry BSc (Hons) Animal Science, PGCE, regional co-ordinator for the ANCMZA (zoo keepers course), Education Officer; Debbie joined the education team in January 2004. She previously worked as a college lecturer teaching animal care and equine studies has volunteered on Bristol Zoo Gardens' bird section. In 2001 she carried out field research in the Mata Atlantica Rainforest, Brazil.

Amy Bye

Amy Bye, BSc (Hons), Education Officer; Amy joined the Zoo in 2005 after graduating in Zoology from Cardiff University. Amy started off her Zoo career in the Marketing Department but transferred to the Learning Department in 2006. As part of her degree, Amy has carried out field work on the coral reefs of Tobago.

Dan Cragg

Dan Cragg Bsc (Hons) Biology. Dan joined the Zoo in 2009 as a volunteer on Presentations before moving to Education in 2012. Dan has worked in a variety of sectors including shipping and the BBC before settling on his dream job at the Zoo. Dan is passionate about conservation and has lobbied to help protect the West Indian manatee for many years. 

Rose Gater

Rose Gater BSc (Hons), Education Officer, Rose joined Bristol Zoo in 2008 as a Ranger in the Presentations Section before joining the Education team the following year. She previously worked in the Education Department at Living Coasts in Devon whilst studying for her degree in Zoology.

Mandy Leivers

Mandy Leivers, BSc (Hons), PGCE, Avon Gorge and Downs Biodiversity Education Officer. Mandy joined the Education Team in September. Her role involves running a programme of walks, talks and children's events. She has also developed a leaflet about the wildlife of the site, on-site information boards, nature trails as well as providing sessions for schools

Natasha Clandillon

Natasha Clandillon, Zoology (Bsc) Hons, PGCE. Tash worked as a conservation volunteer in Ecuador, before returning to the UK to work as an administrator at IFAW and London Zoo. She has taught secondary science and citizenship and managed SWEA's Young Energy People project in 2010. Tash joined Bristol Zoo Gardens in 2011 as the Wow Gorillas Outreach officer and has since go on to join the education team. 

Nicky Weekes

Nicky Weekes, Administrator. Nicky joined the Zoo in 2001, having worked previously in education, leisure and the voluntary sector in management and marketing roles. Nicky is responsible for information and session bookings, and will help you with your enquiries.

Denice Stout

Denice joined the Zoo in 2009 as a volunteer for the Avon Gorge and the Downs Wildlife Project before becoming the weekend animal care technician at Education in 2012. Later that year she was promoted to the animal care technician & student supervisor role on a full time basis. Denice has always been very passionate about animals and a job involving caring for them is a dream come true. Denice has volunteered at various animal rescues, both domesticated and wildlife, since a young age and is very keen on the adoptingand not buying mentality.

Rob Stiff

Rob has been working as the weekend animal care technician since August 2010. Before joining the Education team he spent a year volunteering on the reptile section. Rob has just started an extended diploma in animal care with the aim of returning to university to study zoology.