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Anna's Inside Scoop with Jess Hayward

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

One of the best things about ZooLab has got to be working with an incredible team! Each month, Ranger Anna will interview a member of the ZooLab family.

This month we will be speaking to ZooLab Ranger, Jess.

Hi Jess, how long have you worked for ZooLab?

I have worked for ZooLab since March 2019.

What is your role in the company?

My role in ZooLab is Educational Presenter for the South West. I work in Berkshire and the

surrounding areas, often travelling into central London.

With ZooLab, everyday is different! Can you think of a day which was completely out of the ordinary for you?

Every day is indeed different at ZooLab! I have enjoyed being involved in a number of

different activities over the last year and a half.

My highlight would have to be Halloween

2019, I presented at the late-night event at the Science Museum in London. I had enjoyed visiting the museum on several occasions when I was at school and never imagined that I would be presenting in such an impressive setting. t was a privilege and an amazing opportunity.

What is something you love about working for ZooLab?

I love the independence and variety of my job at ZooLab. Each day starts and ends with

looking after our animal’s health and welfare in our own homes but our educational

presentations take us to different venues with different people who have different needs and


Tell us a little bit about yourself! What is your ultimate comfort meal?

My ultimate comfort meal has to be pizza. I enjoy ordering a takeaway pizza and cosying up

on the sofa in front of the TV with my boyfriend and my puppy.

If you could pick one character from a book to be best friends with, who would it be and


I am a huge Harry Potter fan so I would have to choose Sirius Black as my best friend.

Exploring the Hogwarts castle at night or the forbidden forest with Sirius and the other

marauders would be an amazing experience.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

If I could have any super power, I would choose to have the ability to pause time. Time is

always running away with me so I would like to pause time while I do everyday chores

allowing me to have time to do the things I enjoy.

Tell us some of your hobbies! 

I have a number of hobbies but my most enjoyable and time-consuming hobby is looking

after all my animals and ensuring they have the best welfare possible. When not pottering

around in my animal room I enjoy taking my dog for a walk, watching TV, spending time with

my family and reading books.

Do you have any pets?

Working for ZooLab we are very lucky to keep our animals at home. The animals I take on

the road for ZooLab I consider to be my pets. In total I have 27 different species of animals,

these include a Yemen chameleon, corn snakes, leopard geckos, guinea pigs, rats and my

newest addition to my family is a golden retriever puppy.

And finally, what do you want for Christmas?

For Christmas I would love to get an outdoor shed with central heating and running water to

house all my rodents (I have 17 rodents in total). This will allow me to get more mammals

such as chinchillas and degus. However, this is a big request so considering the year we

have all had I wish for a healthy world and families to enjoy a happy Christmas together.

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