New Conservation Officer!

Hi guys!

My name is Colin Keane and for the next 9 months I’ll be the conservation officer for the Reptile Zoo. This position is an internship scheme support by jobsbridge and I am very thankful to get it. Here’s as bit of back ground on myself to get started!

Colin Leopard gecko Work Placement

I’m originally from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary but moved to Cork in 2008 where I spent four years in University College Cork studying a degree in zoology. While in UCC I studied subjects including evolution and diversity, practical field ecology, biodiversity and conservation as well landscape conservation and management. The course was heavily devoted to studying conservation and hopefully I’ll be able to put all my study to good use in this role.

Since graduating in 2012 I’ve been pursuing a career as a zoo keeper so this position is ideal in terms experience in a career as a zoo keeper and in conservation. I was lucky enough to gain some valuable field experience this year with The Gerry Martin Project (http://gerrymartin.in/) in Indonesia.

You can read all about it here:
http://blogs.ucc.ie/wordpress/bees/2013/11/07/komodo-dragons-snake-cave/

Colin Expedition Pic
So what will I be doing for the next few months? Well we have a number of projects that we’ll be kicking into gear in the next couple of weeks. The first will be the Reptile Zoo Ambassador Programme. This will involve secondary schools around Ireland and will build links between these schools and The Gerry Martin Project. This will be launched in the coming months so watch this space!

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The second project will involve building on the existing links between the zoo and Project Chicchan (http://project-chicchan.co.uk/). This project’s main aim is to support the conservation of biodiversity in Guatemala and our main goal will be to gain more funding and more man power for this project. We’ll also be helping with equipment as the project has a wish list so if you’d like to donate we will send the equipment on for you! So if you’re looking for a bit of adventure and some field experience you need look no further!

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There are a number of other projects in the works as well but I’ll keep them under my hat for now. Hopefully I’ll be extremely busy over the coming months but if you have any questions or queries about any of our projects or links you can contact me via email on conservation@reptilevillage.net
We’ll be keeping the blog updated with all the latest information so stay tuned!

Over & out!

Colin Keane

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