Jimmy Sanders: Senior Keeper, Ungulates

Jimmy has been working as a keeper at both Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo for the past twelve years.  During this time he has specialised in managing a wide variety of Ungulate species including Giraffe, Zebra, Pygmy Hippopotamus and bongo.

Having recently returned from working at San Diego Zoo for several months, Jimmy was ecstatic to discover that the female Bongo, Djenbe was expecting, as he’d spent many hours previously introducing her to male Entubu.   These shy and critically endangered forest antelope native to Kenya are down to the last one hundred in the wild and with only seven Bongos in Australian zoos this is one very precious baby.

Jimmy says seeing amazing animals like Bongo, Giraffe and Black Rhinos give birth has been some of the most incredible things he has witnessed in his time as a zookeeper. The other side of his job that he loves is knowing he can make a difference to wildlife by educating visitors.

“I love seeing people’s faces light up when I introduce them to a Giraffe and know that they will remember it forever and hopefully have a greater appreciation for wildlife because of it.”