The Zoo's Andrew Coers
Andrew Coers is the elephants/sea lions/carnivores team leader
at Auckland Zoo. It's been a tough year with Kashin's passing, but
it's made Andrew and his team very close. Andrew is an animal lover
with more than 20 animals at his home. He enjoys educating people
about the environment by getting them up close and personal with
Name: Andrew Coers
Where do you live? Muriwai
Zoo position: Team leader elephants/sea
Works with: primarily Burma the elephant
How long have you worked at the zoo? 13 years
What's the most challenging aspect of your
What's been the best thing about your job this
Celebrating Kashin's memorial day and working with such a close team
Share a funny filming moment from this year/past
Probably having about 20 takes for a 2 second story on baboons
Have you travelled for any zoo-related work in the past
Travelled to Perth Zoo to see the elephant programme they have there
Where in the world would you most like to go - to see
Papua New Guinea, because there's so many places that humans haven't even set foot in, and Sri Lanka to see some elephants in the wild
Which animal you think most accurately represents
Do you have pets at home?
3 horses, 9 sheep, 2 dogs, 5 Northland green geckos, 1 ostrich, tropical marine fish
What is your favourite TV show?
Home and Away
If you could give any budding young zoo keepers any
advice, what would it be?
If you're interested in working with animals, then go for it. Live your dreams.
What are you doing to help the planet? - combined with
your best tip to help save the planet
Encourage people to care for the environment, and connect them with wildlife by getting them up close and personal, educating them and taking Burma out on walks through the zoo