For as long as she can remember, Charlotte has been fascinated by chimpanzees.
She’s never wavered from her ambition to be involved in chimp conservation and used her time as an animal science undergraduate to work towards her goal. Predictably she is now one of the primate care team at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset.
Describing her three years at Reaseheath as ‘fantastic’, Charlotte took advantage of every opportunity to gain valuable work experience. She became a casual keeper at our campus zoo, which earned her some excellent references, and also completed an industry placement at Yorkshire Wildlife Park which led to a seasonal job offer.
Another seasonal post followed, this time at Woburn Safari Park, and Charlotte then spent six months volunteering at a chimp rescue centre in Cameroon, West Africa, helping to look after 72 chimpanzees in the depths of a rain forest.
She may do a Masters degree involving in situ conservation research in the future, but for now she’s very happy looking after the chimps she regards as her friends.
The support system at University Centre Reaseheath is fantastic. The lecturers never stop caring, always want you to excel and take the time to support you with your assignments. That support added most to my experience.