Frederick Howat

Interpretation Officer

  • Qualifications BA, MA
  • Specialisms
    Visitor & Community Engagement

I graduated with a BA in History in 2010, and then did a Master’s degree in Museum Studies in 2014. This degree was geared towards the heritage sector, focusing on connecting visitors with collections and exhibitions, and explaining complex topics in engaging ways.

After graduating, I joined the zoo in summer 2014 as an intern, conducting research in visitor-species observations. Much of the research and evaluation work undertaken in museums is comparable to the work in zoos so it was a relatively simple transition from heritage to conservation.

After completing my internship, I re-joined the zoo in December 2014 as Islands Interpretation Officer, where I helped plan and deliver the interpretation across the new 10 acre site. From here, I took up a full-time position as Interpretation Officer, bringing the rest of the zoo’s interpretation up to date.

I have since been involved in a large scale project bringing the interpretation in the zoo up to date and on-brand, engaging visitors with our collection and conservation projects.

I have also been heavily involved with our Gashaka-Gumti National Park project in Nigeria. Visiting twice in 2016, I developed and installed the interpretation for an educational centre on the edge of the park. This serves local school and community groups, allowing them to learn about their local biodiversity and help protect this important wildlife hotspot.

In addition to this, I help support various projects around the zoo including Wildlife Connections, Play!, the Nature Reserve and the Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge.