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MEET OUR TEAM

Who we are and where we came from...

 
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RUAIRC WILLIS-FOSTER

Founder and Director

Having studied in the animal industry for years, specialising in Exotics and Zoology and having founded Ark Animals, he now puts all his efforts into progressing this organisation and the rescue work we do. With a love for all animals, his passion lies with exotics and invertebrates, showing the world that these animals are often misunderstood. He has high hopes to eventually become an Entomological Conservationist but is content completing the great work here, at Ark Animals.

ALAISHA CATER

Co-Owner and Clinical Veterinary Assistant

Having studied Level 3 Animal Management and taking on numerous rescues of her own. After meeting Ruairc, she helped Ark Animals evolve and has now become the Co-Owner. She is now on track entering the veterinary route and is our in house Clinical Veterinary Assistant. Fun fact, Alaisha and Ruairc are currently engaged with a wedding set for 2024.

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FERN HAYLER

Animal Behaviourist

Having studied animals at college level, Fern is now undertaking her Bachelors Degree in Animal Behaviour which comes in very handy when working with rescue animals. With years of experience working with exotic mammals and birds, she is a brilliant addition to our team and we are happy to have her on board.

DOMINIKA KUDYBA

Conservationist

Dom is currently completing her Degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and has good experience keeping animals of her own at home including mammals and reptiles. Constantly bringing great ideas to the table, she helps us out in more than just working with the animals. With her avid interest in the field of conservation, we are keen to get her to become a main leader with our own conservation efforts as that side of our organisation progresses.

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JAZ OVERTON

Animal Technician

Having studied Level 3 Animal Management and having a wide range of knowledge on a variety of animals, Jaz is great to have on the team. With her knowledge and experience working with snakes, lizards and other reptiles means we can always count on her to jump in with whatever animal comes her way.

SOFIA CATER

Animal Technician

Sofia is a young animal enthusiast who is always happy to help, now studying Animal Management at College she is already leaps and bounds ahead of her class due to the level of experience she has gained working with us. Sofia has ambitions to work with Big Cats and is heading down that route after creating a close bond with Kanta the African Savannah Cat.

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IZZY PRINCE

Animal Technician

Izzy is has now finished her qualifiactions in Animal Management and is now starting her Degree in Zoology. Izzy has experience with an assortment of animals and has even adopted some animals of her own from our rescue, giving them an amazing and loving home! Since taking on these rescues she has had a great experience with rehabilitation work, meaning she's a great team member for our rescue work.

LAUREN PENGILLEY

Animal Technician

After completing her education in Level 3 Animal management and acquiring an extended diploma, Lauren is now studying her Bachelors Degree in Animal Behaviour. With a range of experience including exotics and farm animals, she is a great addition to our team.

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MORGAN RANDALL

Volunteer

Morgan is a great team member to have, enthusiastic and experienced with farm animals. She started volunteering with us to hopefully learn more about the animals we care for and hopefully gain more experience. She has high hopes to eventually become an animal technician with us.

CAMERON HENDY

Volunteer

Cameron started volunteering with us to hopefully learn more about reptiles and gain more experience. Although he doesn't want to enter the animal industry, he is still keen to learn and is eager to help out with the animals.

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AMY CONWAY

Volunteer

Amy joined the team to gain more experience working with exotic animals, with a passion for conservation, she is currently studying Environmental Science and written papers on Rhino Conservation. When working with us, she primarily focuses on the reptiles and amphibians.

SYDNEY PENNEY

Volunteer

After finishing her Level 2 Animal Management Qualification, Sydney joined our team to gain more experience in a range of species including exotics and wildlife. An avid reptile lover, she currently owns over 10 reptiles, some of which we don't even have within our private collection.

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AMALIE SHANE

Volunteer

Amalie has a keen interest in animals, especially reptiles. Amalie loves Geckos and is always up for handling different animals, she is a hard worker and has hopes to adopt some of the animals in our care who aren't ready for adoption just yet. With a lot of potential to develop her skills, Amalie would do well to continue down the animal path for a future career and is a great addition to our team!

MALLORY EVANS

Volunteer

Mallory is one of our youngest and most dedicated Volunteers, helping out every week and always willing to get involved in anything. With a small amount of experience ranging in different animals, she has managed to build on that portfolio and has even been lucky enough to get involved in a Documentary with us alongside Chris Packham.

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JOIN OUR TEAM

Interested in getting more experience with different animals? Use the Contact Form below to get in touch and hopefully you can join our team as a volunteer!

 
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CONTACT US

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