Internships at The Aspinall Foundation

Internships available in the Carnivore, Elephant, Gorilla, Hoofstock and Primate sections. At Howletts Wild Animal Park,

These placements are an excellent opportunity to shadow trained keepers and to learn all aspects of animal husbandry. Howletts will provide comprehensive practical training and significant insight into a successful and responsible zoological collection, with the goal of promoting your future employability in a career in animal husbandry.

Carnivores – This section consist of a wide range of species from Honey badgers to Sumatran tigers and contributes to the breeding programmes of species such as Asian wild dogs and Clouded leopards. The individual will be taught different carnivore husbandry techniques and butchery.

Elephants – Howletts is home to the largest breeding herd of African elephants in the UK.

You will be taught husbandry techniques, as well as the opportunity to operate vehicles such as tractors and dumper trucks, therefore a full manual driving licence will be an advantage.

Gorillas – This section is home to the largest captive breeding group of Western Lowland Gorillas in the world with over 135 births to date. You will gain vital knowledge and experience into the husbandry, diets, behaviours and conservation of these majestic animals.

Hoofstock – Home to a collection of rare and endangered hoofstock, including Black Rhino, European Bison, and Bongo Antelope to name a few. You will be taught different hoofstock husbandry techniques for a wide range of species and knowledge about the conservation issues facing these species.

Primate – Howletts are home to a collection of rare and endangered primates, including Javan gibbons, Dusky langurs, Sulawesi macaques, Pied tamarins and Gelada baboons to name a few. The individual will be taught different primate husbandry techniques and contribute to the enrichment of the section.

These internships are ideal for individuals already studying or have recently finished an animal related course and are looking to gain experience in the zoo industry. These positions can be physically demanding so you will need to have a good level of physical fitness, be happy working at height and comfortable with heavy lifting.

Howletts are looking for a commitment of 3-5 days a week for 4-12 months.

These are unpaid internships but a full uniform will be provided. Candidates will need to have the ability to financially support themselves for the entire length of the internship.

To apply:

Please email your CV and covering letter, specifying the department you would like to work with, to April Hall: