New zookeeper is settling in at Drusillas Park

Johanna with the squirrel monkeys at Drusillas Park SUS-141010-113913001
Johanna with the squirrel monkeys at Drusillas Park SUS-141010-113913001

There’s a fresh face at Drusillas Park in the form of a new zookeeper.

Johanna Bellerby, 31, started work in September and brings a wealth of animal experience with her.

She is currently working on the squirrel monkey section, looking after a host of four-legged creatures including the zoo’s resident meerkats, porcupines, mongoose, saki and squirrel monkeys.

Johanna said, “I am really enjoying working at Drusillas so far.

“I knew a couple of members of the team before I started which has really helped me settle in.

“At the moment I have been trained on one of the eight sections but over time, I hope to work with all the animals at the zoo.

“I have worked closely with Sulawesi crested black macaques in the past and these are a particular favourite of mine – I am looking forward to learning about the group at Drusillas and getting to know all their individual characters.”

Johanna comes to Drusillas from Newquay Zoo, where she worked for two years following a three-month internship at Chester Zoo.

She also has a degree in Animal Management from Harper Adam’s University; a leading specialist in agricultural, animal and land-based studies.