Laurel Sandy is an elephant keeper at Auckland Zoo where she has
helped look after the zoo's two Asian elephants Kashin and Burma
for the last five years. Despite losing Kashin last year, Laurel
has been pleased to see Burma come through it okay. Laurel is
passionate about wildlife and would like to do some travel to see
incredible wildlife and ecosystems from around the world.
Name: Laurel Sandy
Where do you live? North Shore
Zoo position: Mainly elephants and sea lions keeper
Favourite animals: baboon and hippo (Snorkel)
How long have you worked at the zoo? 5 years
What's the most challenging aspect of your
What's been the best thing about your job this
Seeing Burma get through it okay
Share a funny filming moment from this year/past
Getting in the pool with Nat to dive with the sea lions
Where in the world would you most like to go - to see
Everywhere! Africa, South America, Asia
Who inspires you?
My animals and team
Do you have pets at home?
Dogs and a cat
If you could give any budding young zoo keepers any
advice, what would it be?
Get as much experience as you can with animals and work hard!
What are you doing to help the planet? - combined with
your best tip to help save the planet
Things like recycling at home, and of course helping to educate visitors to the zoo about caring for wildlife and ecosystems.