Meet the team

Here you can meet some of our Folly Farm family, find out what they do and what they like best about working with us.

From giraffe keeper to office administrator – from cook to retail ambassador. We’ve got the inside story from them all.

Stuart Harris

Carousel Woods supervisor, joined us in 2007.

“It’s a very varied role. I have to make sure everything is clean, tidy and ready for use. I am also one of the parks registered first aiders. Basically, I’m always on hand to deal with most situations. No two days are the same and that’s what I love about the role.

So what’s it like being part of the Folly Farm team?

“Well, it’s not just a team, it’s a family. Everyone gets on so well together and there’s always smiling faces. That happiness is evident to all the guests. We’ll always go out of our way to help make their day one to remember.”

 

Rosie Russell 

Jolly Barn presenters, joined us in 2007.

“It’s my job to help look after the animals along with the other Jolly Barn presenters and farm supervisors. Feeding and cleaning is obviously a massive part of what I do and I absolutely love it. Another highlight of my working day is the ‘meet and greet’ sessions where Folly Farm guests get ‘hands on’ with some of our animals like the rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, ferrets and even the cockroaches! I just love being able to inform guests about all of our lovely animals.”

So what’s it like being part of the Folly Farm team?

“It’s good, it’s really good, you’re just part of one big extended family.”

 

Pippa Jolly

Hoof stock zoo keeper, joined us in 2014.

“It’s my job to look after the tapirs, camels, hogs and ostrich. I also sometimes help out with the giraffes.  I’d always wanted to work with animals so when the opportunity arose for me to work here at Folly Farm I jumped at it.”

So what does the average day hold for a hoof stock keeper?

“I jump into my zoo vehicle and grab the hay, then onto the zoo kitchen to get my feeds and then do my morning rounds. The first clean of the day is always hogs, closely followed by ostrich.”

What’s it like to work here?

“Amazing! I absolutely love it. It’s a close, family run business in a stunning location with gorgeous animals. What’s not to love? Basically, it’s the best job in the world!”

 

Michelle Lewis

Senior cook in the Funfair Restaurant, joined us in 1996.

“I just love it here. It’s a great company to work for.”

Can you tell us about your average day in the Funfair Restaurant?

“One of my first jobs is to turn everything on. I make sure all the cookers are ‘fired up’ ready for the busy day ahead. From there, I move onto food preparation and make sure we have enough food for the busy day ahead. If not, then it’s up to me and the team to cook more. Speaking of ‘team’, I have two full time members of staff under me and we work so well together, getting the job done.”

Do you feel like you’re part of a larger family here at Folly Farm?

“Most certainly, you’re made to feel very welcome and appreciated, what more could you ask for?”