Iri Gill

Deputy Curator of Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates

  • Qualifications NVQ. DipHE, FdSc
  • Focus area
  • Location
    At the Zoo

I have been working in zoos since 2007 and have dedicated my career to herpetology. I’ve been part of animal management teams at two other zoos prior to starting at Chester Zoo in 2017. My main focuses are animal management within zoos both operationally and strategically.

My role also involves linking the species at the zoo with conservation and research.  By using evidence from the field we are able to inform ex situ management, to evaluate husbandry techniques and to utilise animal division skill sets to complement both in situ and ex situconservation initiatives.

I’m particularly interested in snakes and crocodilians, especially where human engagement and perception is concerned.  I promote and develop safe management practises for venomous snakes in zoological institutions and have developed a number of resources including a course to aid this.

Throughout my zoo career, I have worked at an international level and have helped to advance the field of herpetology.  I am actively involved in the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums as a member of the Reptile Taxon Advisory Group and the Chair of The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Reptile and Amphibian Working Group. I’m also a member of the IUCN Viper Specialist Group and a member of the Crocodile Specialist Group.