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Interns wanted to work with Plantasia's exotic animals

Feeding defrosted rodents to snakes and serving up breakfast porridge to monkeys could soon be part of your daily routine.

Plantasia animal technician

Swansea Council is on the hunt for two animal husbandry interns at the Plantasia tropical hothouse in Parc Tawe.

The six-month voluntary placements will see the successful candidates working with the attraction's animals five days a week in areas including nutrition, behaviour, record-keeping, collection planning, breeding programmes, education and visitor services.

Helping towards careers in zoos or similar animal environments, the council says the placements will be as rewarding as they are challenging. 

Appointing the new recruits will free up Plantasia's two animal technicians to more regularly take animals from the attraction's collection on educational visits to schools and community events.

Animals in the attraction's collection include a reticulated python called Cuddles, an Asian water monitor lizard called Haku, two cotton-top tamarin monkeys called Boo Boo and Jeffrey, tropical fish and a variety of exotic birds, including a green-winged Macaw called Rainbow. 

Michael Colwill, age 33, is one of Plantasia's animal technicians.



With a degree in animal welfare and behaviour from Coleg Sir Gar in Pibwrlwyd, the former Olcha pupil says it's a dream job for anyone interested in animals.

Michael said: "I had my first snake when I was ten years old - a corn snake from a local pet shop in Brynmill, and I haven't really looked back since. 

"It's a terrific job, so I'd encourage anyone with an interest in animals to apply for the internship placements. Catherine Royle, my fellow animal technician at Plantasia, actually started out as an intern, but she's now been a full-time member of staff for a number of years.

"The successful interns will mostly be looking after the daily care of our animal collection, which would include tasks like feeding, cleaning, handling and interacting with customers.

"It's quite an opportunity for people who'd relish working with some of the amazing animals we have at Plantasia."

The council is ideally looking for people who are currently studying for, or have completed, an animal science related course at HND or degree level, or Level 4 NVQ.

A genuine interest in animal husbandry is also sought, as well as a reliable, conscientious attitude and good communications skills.

Anyone interested in the voluntary placements is asked to send a CV and cover letter to michael.colwill@swansea.gov.uk by Wednesday May 3.


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