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The Inside Scoop with Phil Burnett

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

One of the best things about ZooLab has got to be working with an incredible team! Each month, we interview a member of the ZooLab family. This month we will be speaking to ZooLab’s Corporate and Key Accounts Manager, Phil.

Hi Phil, how long have you worked for ZooLab?

I’ve been here since August 2014!

What is your role in the company?

I’m ZooLab’s Corporate and Key Accounts Manager. I’m very lucky that part of my role involves spending time with at lots of really exciting events and working with a whole host of amazing companies!

See Phil in action at a team building event here:

What is something you love about working for ZooLab?

As much as I love working with children, the part of my job I enjoy most is my workshops with adults - I very much enjoy giving them the chance to do something they perhaps thought they might never do! Also, having all these amazing animals as pets is wonderful too! 

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

One of my very favourite days is the perfect demonstration of just how varied my role can be.

Morning: I had to get up very early and head over to a studio in Central London to be a part of the Evening Standards morning show London Live.

Phil on London Live back in 2015:

Afternoon: After London Live, I had to shoot off to a school to teach pupils about habitats and then I ended the day in one of my favourite care homes to do a talk to the residents there.

Evening: That evening I was working at London's Science Museum doing a Late event for adults about sex in the animal kingdom.

As you can imagine, after all that I was exhausted!

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are some of your hobbies? 

I’m very lucky that ZooLab actually combines business with pleasure for me as keeping exotic pets is a big hobby of mine. I also love music and film - I’ve just got into collecting vinyls! I’m also quite active and enjoy all sports, particularly football and rock climbing. 

If you were an animal, what would it be?

I think it’d have to be a bird. The sense of flying by yourself must feel amazing!

You are stranded on a desert island and can only bring 3 things - what are they?

A penknife, playing cards and a fishing rod.

What's something you're looking forward to?

I’ve just had an offer on a house accepted and so I’m excited to make the move and start making the house a home! 

What is your favourite movie of all time?

The Matrix, closely followed by Lord of the Rings and Pans Labyrinth.

And finally, if you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?

I think I’d like to have telekinesis, it’s pretty helpful fighting baddies but I also think in a day to day sense it be very useful! And If I could move myself, it’d be like flying too!

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