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The Zoo's Amy Dixon


Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon is the primates' team leader at Auckland Zoo. Over the past year, Amy has travelled to Sumatra to work in the jungle with orang-utans. Amy is passionate about orang-utan conservation, and is trying to encourage the public to support the 'Don't Palm Us Off' campaign to label palm oil on all food products.

Name: Amy Dixon

Age: 31

Where do you live? Te Atatu Peninsula

Zoo position: Team leader primates

Favourite animals: great apes, servals, cheetah and tigers and Snorkel the hippo

How long have you worked at the zoo? Just over 9 years

What's the most challenging aspect of your job?
Dealing with the frustrations surrounding the palm oil issue and trying to get public support

What's the best thing about your job?
Travelling to Sumatra to work in the jungle with orang-utans

Share a funny filming moment from this year/past year:
Trying to keep a straight face and remain professional in the Sumatran jungle while leeches were crawling up my shorts.

Have you travelled for any zoo-related work in the past year?
See above but have also been to Sydney for some workshops on lemur and otter breeding.

Where in the world would you most like to go - to see wildlife/incredible eco-systems?
Madagascar, East Africa

Which animal you think most accurately represents you?
Orang-utan

Who inspires you?
People making a difference

Do you have pets at home?
2 dogs, 1 cat

Do you watch The Zoo Show / enjoy watching it?
Some times watch it but definitely will this year to see the Sumatra footage.

What is your favourite TV show?
The Amazing Race

If you could give any budding young zoo keepers any advice, what would it be?
Don't give up, it's a tough industry to crack into but once you're in you have the power to make a huge difference in the world.

What are you doing to help the planet? - combined with your best tip to help save the planet
Avoiding palm oil whenever possible in my shopping and spreading the word to friends/family/zoo visitors. Best tip: check your labels when shopping and use the Auckland Zoo palm oil free shopping guide to help ensure you don't contribute to the extinction of orang-utans.


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