Graduate to work in Norwegian Wildlife Park

July 2021

Image for press release - Writtle University College student Malin Hesse with foal

Writtle University College's Malin Hesse is about to start an exciting new role at Namsskogan Familiepark in Norway.

The Scandinavian wildlife park is home to more than 30 species, including brown bears, wolves, lynx, red foxes, arctic foxes, reindeer, moose, badgers, wolverine, otters and hedgehogs.

BSc (Hons) Animal Science student, Malin, will work as a keeper. In addition to carrying out talks and visitor presentations, she will be actively involved in feeding, husbandry and enrichment activities.

Skills learnt at Writtle University College will be of everyday importance to Malin's new role, including knowledge about animals and their behaviour, nutritional requirements, evolution, anatomy and physiology.

She said: "At Writtle, we have also had amazing practicals where we practised animal handling and health checks, which are important skills to have as a keeper. These are wide subjects where I have had opportunity to explore and investigate through assignments and amazing lectures. I have also had freedom to apply my knowledge to a career path that I am interested in, like working with Scandinavian carnivores. Last but not least, the talented and amazing lecturers at Writtle University have been very supportive and genuinely interested in me as a student and my personal goals."

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