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The Women Who Inspired Us!



In celebration of International Women's Day, we asked our Rangers to tell us about the women who inspired them.


Diane Fossey

Primatologist and Conservationist

“Diane Fossey gave her life to protect gorillas in Rwanda. She destroyed poachers equipment and took a hugely proactive step in fighting poaching, habitat conservation and animal protection. It cost her her life, but without her and her teams work, gorillas would likely be extinct today”

Lucy, ZooLab’s Surrey Ranger










Dr Elisabeth Svendson

Animal Welfare Advocate

“Dr Elisabeth Svendson founded a donkey rescue which has saved thousands of donkeys in the UK and further a field. She also realised the potential donkeys could have as therapy animals - the Donkey Sanctuary do lots of SEN programs and donkey rides. Most importantly, they single handedly forced legislation to protect ‘Beach Donkeys’ and have never turned away a donkey in need.”

Lucy, ZooLab’s Surrey Ranger




Jane Goodall

Primatologist and Anthropologist

“Jane Goodall is an absolute primate pioneer! I’ve looked up to her since I was a little girl because of how much work she’s done to change and improve our understanding of apes. She’s made the close relationship between us and them not solely genetic...she brought them to the forefront of our hearts and minds.”

Paiton, ZooLab’s Wigan Ranger











Mary Kingsley