Sea lion keeper Alex makes a splash

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A former Astley Cooper School pupil who is now a sea lion keeper at Whipsnade Zoo will star in the brand new series of ITV’s The Zoo.

Alex Pinnell, who grew up in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead, is seen training the sea lions to demonstrate their natural behaviours for visitors ahead of the summer holidays in the second episode.

Zoo keeper Alex Pinnell with two of her beloved sea lions at Whipsnade Zoo

Zoo keeper Alex Pinnell with two of her beloved sea lions at Whipsnade Zoo

Alex’s passion for animals started young, as in her early teens she helped out at the Market Square pet shop in Hemel Hempstead town centre before going on to work at the Little Revel End boarding kennels in Redbourn.

The 32-year-old now lives in Tilsworth – just minutes away from her beloved sea lions Dominic, Lara and Bailey.

Alex said: “Enriching the lives of our sea lions is the best job in the world.

“All three of them are so unique and funny. I can’t wait for everyone at home to get a glimpse of the magic I see every day.”

Since 2010, the programme’s film makers have been given unique behind-the-scenes access to Whipsnade Zoo, filming the keepers through the ups and downs that go along with caring for the 3,000 animals at the 600-acre site near Dunstable in Bedfordshire.

The Zoo will be showing on ITV on Sunday, August 17 and Sunday, August 24 at 8pm. See above for a video of keepers washing the zoo’s resident elephants.

 

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