About Animal Ark

David Manning, Director

David Manning, Director at Animal Ark

David is currently involved in fauna relocations and the training of people who are required to deal with potentially hazardous wildlife. He also visits schools, festivals and events with the popular hands-on Animal Ark Roadshow, enthusing and educating thousands of children and adults every year.

Animal Ark has a long history, established in the UK over 25 years ago as a specialist media consultancy advising on, supplying and handling all sorts of creatures for film, television and photography.

Having worked with animals and nature all his life David's passion has remained reptiles. He has written four pet care books, numerous articles and appeared on television and DVDs talking about wildlife issues.

David has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and in 2012 was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. This enabled him to travel abroad to gain extra experience in his area of expertise and return with great benefits for both Animal Ark and the wider Australian community. Read more about David's research trip to South Africa, Botswana and the USA.

In 2014 David and Animal Ark were featured on Channel 7's Today Tonight program - watch it now on Youtube.

Jenny Seymour, Director

Jenny Seymour, Director at Animal Ark

Jenny graduated from Nottingham University with a first class Bachelor of Science Honours degree. She recently updated her skills with a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management.

Her broad range of experience and knowledge have been gained over many years working with Animal Ark in the UK and Australia, having started her career in publishing and communications.

As well as being hands on in all aspects of the business, Jenny is involved in research and development of effective education and training programs. Her focus is on native flora and fauna conservation, rescue, rehabilitation and restoration.

Zigourney Nielsen, Manager

Ziggy Nielsen, Manager at Animal Ark

Ziggy is completing her Master of Science in Environmental Management and has a BSc in Biological Sciences.

As Manager at Animal Ark she assists with training and education and excels with people. Her passion for wildlife and conservation is apparent in everything she does.

A knowledgeable fauna handler she has wide experience with fauna surveys, from practical on the ground trapping, identification and tagging, to data management and report writing.

She is a valuable member of the Animal Ark team.

ANIMAL ARK is a family owned and run business. Originally established over 25 years ago in London as a specialist consultancy, we brought our wildlife education and training services to Australia in 2006.

"I find working with children the most rewarding and enjoyable part of my job. If, through our Roadshows, I can spark a lifelong interest, understanding and care for all living creatures, and Australia's native fauna in particular, what greater job satisfaction can there be."
David Manning

Books by David Manning

Need to Know? Exotic Pets by David Manning
Keeping Lizards by David Manning
Keeping Snakes by David Manning
Exotic Pet Handbook by David Manning