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Yvonne McCann


Curator of Horticulture

African Hunting Dogs and Sealions.

Time at Zoo

5 Years


How did you become a zookeeper?
I studied zoology in Trinity College and then applied for a job at Dublin Zoo. I was lucky to be taken on as an assistant in the African Plains working with the giraffe section.

How long have you been working in Dublin Zoo?
4 and a half years

What kind of animals do you take care of?
Elephants and primates

Which are your favourite animals in the Zoo?
African hunting dogs and sea lions

Do you have any pets at home?
Yes, a horse, 2 love birds, a cat and a dog.

Can you tell us one of your most exciting moments in the Zoo?
When the Waldrapp Ibis finally bred after 4 years. It was very exciting as the species is critically endangered and very important to the international breeding programme.

What do you love most about your job?
Working with a wide variety of animals and caring for their well being and health, both mentally and physically.

What’s the most difficult thing about your work?
When an animal you've worked with dies

When you’re not working in the zoo, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
Horse riding, travelling

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