A woman who volunteers at Drusillas Park has had her favourite animal tattooed on her leg as a constant reminder of her love for the zoo.
When Olivia Cottrell started volunteering at Drusillas Park, little did she imagine how much it would change her life.
So much so, the 20-year-old now has a permanent reminder after having her favourite lemur, called Scar, tattooed on her leg.
Olivia started volunteering at the East Sussex zoo in April 2014 and now helps out every Sunday – running tours around the zoo enclosures.
As part of this role she interacts with customers and helps oversee the popular walk-through enclosures.
Her work sees her spending much of her time in her favourite place, Lemurland.
Olivia said, “I absolutely love volunteering. It is what I look forward to every week; the other Sunday volunteers are like my family.
“I most enjoy being in with the lemurs and watching each and every one of their individual behaviours. They each have their own personality.”
She continued, “Scar is my favourite and an absolute sweetheart. He isn’t the prettiest lemur but I think that’s why I love him. He’s picked up a few scars along the way but never shows any hatred.”
Olivia’s connection with Scar has now been immortalised with a new tattoo above her left ankle.
The tattoo is based on an image taken by fellow volunteer and photographer, Ian Standivan. It is Olivia’s first tattoo and she is delighted with the results.
Olivia continued, “The tattoo artist was really excited when I showed her Ian’s picture of Scar to copy. It really hurt near the end but only lasted one and a half hours so it wasn’t too bad.”
Olivia’s new tattoo has been winning compliments from her friends and family .
Olivia said, “I have had a really good reaction to it; people think it is great and can really see the resemblance to Scar.”
“The tattoo is symbolic of the fact Drusillas has changed my life. It has helped me to find a job and friends. I absolutely adore it; it is like having a piece of the zoo with me all the time.”
A form of primate, ring-tailed lemur are highly social animals, living in groups of up to 30 individuals in the wild.
Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am.
For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit www.drusillas.co.uk.