Charlotte Coventry

Charlotte Coventry, Head Keeper

What is your favourite animal to work with at the zoo and why?

This is a very difficult decision to make, so I've decided I'm not going to make it. I can't decide between Muckle, our barn owl, because learning how to fly a bird of prey is very cool, and seeing her progress from pretending she was asleep every time we went near her, to waiting for us by the door to fly down onto our hand has been amazing. But I also love Tiffin, one of our squirrel monkey boy's because he is very naughty and loud, and will regularly try and mug me.

What conservation project do you currently support and why?

I support the Silent Forest Campaign, a campaign Battersea Zoo is also part of, trying to help save songbirds from extinction. Asian songbirds particularly, are under a lot of threat and need our help, otherwise the forests will fall silent.

If you could bring one species back from extinction, what would it be and why?

The giant ground sloth- Megatherium. Very cool name, and a sloth as big as an elephant- who would not want to see that roaming around?!

Which animal at the zoo would you say has a personality most similar to yours and why?

100% an Asian short-clawed otter. I'm small, you can find me constantly yawning and I will often skip breakfast for a lie-in, can be very dramatic, attention-seeking and will scream at everyone until I am fed.

What is the smelliest job at the zoo?

We do a lot of very smelly jobs, but the smelliest job that luckily, I don't have to do often, is when I give the bearded dragon a bath. That might sound like a nice, fun job, but in reality, he goes for a poo in the water and flicks it around everywhere- and bearded dragon poo does not smell nice!

Can you show us the funniest photo on your phone of one of the animals you work with at the zoo?