Meet the team

 Cat HickeyCat – ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Engagement Manager

Cat has an MSc Biodiversity and Conservation and BSc Genetics. She has worked in informal education in zoos for over eight years both in Ireland and the UK. She also spent a year as a research scientist working in Madagascar, collecting data on ring-tailed lemurs. This was a great experience which she draws upon when discussing conservation techniques, habitats or animal behaviour with students in the Zoo. Cat loves being able to support teachers bringing topics to life through on-site activities, downloadable resources, and ZSL in Your Classroom activities. 



Sam - Discovery & Learning OfficerSam – Learning Programme Manager

Sam has worked for the National Trust and ZSL in delivering informal education to a wide range of ages after receiving a BSc Conservation Biology. Her passion is marine conservation. At the Zoo, Sam loves the range of questions from students about animals, their conservation and what it means to actually work for wildlife. Her work engages students in ways they can get involved with conservation, from recycling to knowing the impact of their actions. Through her work with our self-guided trails she ensures all students who come to Whipsnade Zoo see the animals as ambassadors for their wild counterparts and motivated to work for wildlife. 


Robyn - Senior Learning Officer

Robyn has a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare as well as a Master’s degree in Anthrozoology and has a particular interest in human-animal relationships and improving animal welfare. She spent eleven years working in formal education, teaching a range of Animal Science topics in further education and higher education. She loves encouraging young people to find their individual passions in the natural world. Her favourite thing about working at the zoo is seeing the visitors and children have experiences to connect them with different animal species and conservation programmes.


Marcus - Learning Officer