Plymouth’s Apprentice stars show us their wild side

Lions, tigers and bears will be given the celebrity treatment by the stars of the BBC’s award winning television programme ‘The Apprentice’.

Charleine Wain and Brett Butler-Smythe will swap their power suits for wellies and a broom to see if walking into a lion’s den is scarier than facing Lord Alan Sugar in the board room.

The two former Apprentice candidates will meet at Dartmoor Zoo in Sparkwell on Wednesday, March 23rd, to compete against one another to see which one will be crowned the best apprentice zoo keeper after a day tending to the Zoo’s big cats.

Dartmoor Zoo is excited to welcome both Brett and Charleine to help raise awareness of their education and conservation projects.

One scheme both Brett and Charleine will see in particular will be the ‘Pen-Pal’ project between lions Jasiri and Josie, who are slowly being introduced to one another in hope that they will soon share an enclosure by this summer 2016. This will allow both lions company as well as create the opportunity to introduce a new animal to the Zoo’s grounds.

The Zoo has an ever-growing Conservation and Research department that is incredibly active. With links with many Universities and higher education institutions, the Zoo is able to conduct research into cognition, behaviour, conservation, animal welfare and the social sciences.

Both Brett and Charleine are passionate about education and animal welfare, which is why they cannot wait to take part in the day.

Referring to the day’s challenge Brett said, “I cannot wait to get up close with the Zoo’s stunning and impressive big cats, plus the chance to compete against Charleine again is too good an opportunity to miss.”

“I’m a little scared to be honest,” confessed Charleine “but I think it’s such an honour to be able to see these great animals and be able to take part in the great work Dartmoor Zoo carry out every day.”

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