Meet the team

Meet the team behind our community projects

Hayley Peart – Learning and Discovery Community Officer

Having joined Knowsley Safari in September 2017, Hayley brings a wealth of experience from previous zoological education departments, formal teaching roles and voluntary positions with local community groups. Her passion and enthusiasm for diversifying the educational output of Knowsley Safari’s Learning and Discovery department whilst also addressing the needs of the local community remains at the heart of the projects she’s working to develop here at Knowsley Safari. Hayley is a qualified teacher with a BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour currently working towards her MA Anthrozoology with the University of Exeter.


Nicola Watson – Discovery Assistant

Nicola joined the Learning and Discovery department after finishing her degree in 2017. She has always enjoyed working with both people and animals, which is how she found herself in her current role as a Discovery Assistant at Knowsley Safari. Her qualifications include a Degree in Zoology which she studied at University of Leeds, this was the birthplace of her passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge with others. She has previously worked at a Farm attraction in her home town delivering Guided Tours to schools as well as working directly with the animals.  Nicola has fallen in love with the Community aspect of her role, she feels it’s a brilliant way of connecting all parts of community with the natural world and has given her a new window into her local area.


Wider Learning and Discovery team

The wider Learning and Discovery team is made up of 11 members with a range of animal, biology and teaching qualifications between them. We specialise in two areas: formal programs (such as school groups and holiday clubs) and guest engagement (such as animal presentations and touch tables) with our 600,000 day visitors.  As such we support community programs with skills in teaching, interaction and engagement.




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