An ecologist who spent two years working with koalas and saltwater crocodiles in Australia has joined the team at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.
Originally from Scarborough, Terry Mckeon has a degree in ecology and has extensive experience working at wildlife parks and aquariums around the world.
Prior to returning to the UK Terry, 26, was involved in a number of different conservation programmes including a green turtle rehabilitation project at Ocean Park in Australia.
While in Australia he also spent time working at the Aquarium of Western Australia and spotting whales on a charter boat.
Terry, who is now an aquarist at the North Tyneside aquarium, says he is looking forward to using the skills and expertise he developed in Australia in his new role.
“I’m really excited to have joined the team here at Blue Reef. During my studies and travel I have been lucky enough to work with a huge range of different animals ranging from koalas and kangaroos to sea turtles and giant crocodiles.
“I’ve also been able to meet thousands of people and, hopefully, communicate my love and enthusiasm of the natural world to them.
“At Blue Reef I will be able to continue my learning experiences and interact with visitors on a daily basis. I have to say having the chance to work so closely with seals and sea-lions is a great privilege, although the water temperatures here are significantly lower than the west coast of Australia!” he added.
In addition to his varied work experiences, Terry also volunteered to help at PhD student collect, trap and tag brown hares in order to radio track them and observe their behaviour and took part in a project to evaluate the grass adder population around Scarborough.
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