Student gets into the lions den - The Solihull Observer

Student gets into the lions den

Solihull Editorial 19th Feb, 2024   0

A SOLIHULL student has landed her puurfect job as a lion keeper.

Misty Nightingale decided to return to her roots at Solihull College and University Centre after an 18-year hiatus to complete an Animal Behaviour and Welfare Degree in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.

Previously she had studied Animal Welfare at the College when she left school.

Misty said: “It was nerve wracking coming back to study – I was so apprehensive about being the oldest student, but I was welcomed into the group with open arms.”

During her degree she received glowing reports from her first-year work placement at Drayton Manor Zoo where they kept her on for an extended internship – giving Misty the confidence she needed to go for her dream job.

Misty then applied for a role at West Midlands Safari Park.

Bosses saw her potential after seeing she had experience working with carnivores and she secured the role of designated lion keeper.

Misty said: “Ever since I was a child, I wanted to work with lions – that’s what spurred me to go back to college.

“I genuinely would recommend to any mature student who wants to better themselves, to take the leap of faith and go back to study.

“I am living my best life when it comes to my job, and I sometimes can’t quite believe that I get to work with lions.

“I have many more sections to learn and be signed off on animals such as cheetahs and tigers which is nerve racking but also so exciting.

“To finally say at 34 years of age I am now working in my dream job with an amazing team and even more amazing animals just doesn’t seem real some days, but I am so grateful for the position I am.”



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