Emily Walden

Emily Walden, Zoo Keeper


What is your favorite animal/species to work with at the Zoo and why?

I love working with the Kakarikis (Cyanoramphus auriceps). They are always chatting away and very interested in what you are doing in their enclosure - they love investigating a bucket in particular! Their chirpy calls are always a happy sound to hear in the morning.


What conservation project do you currently support and why?

I support the Marine Conservation Society as not only do they help protect marine species around the UK, but they also work to combat the ever increasing plastic pollution problem, ensuring our shores remain healthy for years to come.

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

The great auk (Pinguinus impennis). Although it is not related to modern day penguins, penguins have been named after these birds as sailors thought they looked like great auks. The great auk was also found around British waters as well as across the Atlantic and around the coasts of Canada so it would be cool to see these birds on our beaches again.

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

I think I can relate to our Wallabies the most. Just like them I love snacks, and lots of sunbathing and naps. Life as a wallaby would be great.

What is the smelliest job at the Zoo and why?

Definitely the duck shed! People often forget about the ducks and don't think they could make much mess, but their bedroom has to be one of the smelliest I've ever been in.

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