Young man fulfills dream of becoming zookeeper in Almondsbury at just 25
A YOUNG man's life-long dream finally came true when he was offered the sought-after job of zookeeper at Almondsbury's new wildlife conservation park at just 25 years old.
Toby Sandmann, from Cribbs Causeway, is now senior keeper at Wild Place, the village's brand new attraction which opened its doors last month.
Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society received over 20 enquiries a week from prospective candidates but Toby's passion and experience placed him far ahead of the masses of applicants.
Fascinated by animals, Toby made very good use of his mother's annual membership to Bristol Zoo as child, dragging her around each enclosure for hours and often several days a week.
In 2003, aged 17, he enrolled on a BTEC animal management course run by Bristol Zoo Gardens. "After I did my first day's work experience at the Zoo, I knew I wanted to be a keeper," Toby said.
The following year, confident in his potential and impressed with his dedication, zoo staff offered him a paid position as a part-time bird keeper.
Toby went on to achieve an Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals between 2007 and 2009.
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