Meet The Team
Hi, I'm Sophie!
I am one of the people responsible for the creation of this organisation. I haven't always been such a reptile enthusiast, but back in 2008 when I began my National Diploma in Animal Management, I was introduced to a beautiful Brazilian Rainbow Boa. Throughout the course I learnt about their amazing personalities and developed a greater understanding and respect of exotic animals. This passion grew while studying for my Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Applied Sciences at Sparsholt College. There was a larger variety of animals to handle at Sparsholt and as a result the handling sessions were more educational and beneficial.
My personal experiences have involved working with horses at a stud farm and working with birds and other animals in a zoo environment. My first reptile was Drake a leopard gecko. He was a bit of a grumpy old man who had his own routine, but it's for these quirks why I fell in love with him in the first place.
At Darwin's Kingdom, my roles are primarily behind the scenes designing enclosures and providing enrichment for our animals.
My love for animals started at a very young age, I had to stop and say hello to every cat I met while walking to the park. This interest evolved to include dogs and other domestics and then eventually leading to all things exotic. When I turned 18 I started volunteering at a dog and cat rescue organisation, I spent two and a half years there and in this time developed a huge passion for animal behaviour. I studied alongside Sophie in our Foundation Degree in Animal Management at Sparsholt College, it was then that we started developing the concept which turned into Darwin's Kingdom.
During my years at university I ventured to an aquarium based in Scotland. I've always had a keen interest in aquatic life so this was a fantastic opportunity for me. As well as this, I have worked at an exotic animal rescue and spent some time working in a veterinary clinic. Roxy the leopard gecko was the reptile that got me into keeping exotic pets. Since welcoming her into the family in 2011 my animal family has grown to include some more wonderful and well loved additions. Sitara and Ringo, two of my animals, are regular participants for Darwin's Kingdom.
I am the primary presenter for Darwin's Kingdom (So I'm the one who does most of the talking!) and since one of my passions is animal behaviour, I'm always happy to discuss our animals and why they do what they do.