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Kelly-Anne Kelleher


I studied applied biology and animal science at University and for the last 17 years have worked in Zoos mainly with small mammal species.

I have a particular fascination with Xenarthra species as they present so many unique challenges in terms of husbandry and management.

In 2016, I hand reared a linnes two toed sloth and it quickly became clear the relatively limited information and resources available. 

In 2017, I was asked to provide assistance to hand rear a Sunda pangolin who had been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.  I am currently in the process of hand rearing a southern three banded armadillo.

Over the last 5 years I have been contacted by a number of zoological collections throughout Europe to provide advice on husbandry challenges with Xenarthra species.

In 2016 and 2020, along with my colleague Mark Kenward we ran a conference and a symposium on Xenarthra husbandry and management to try and provide additional resources for Zookeepers working with these species.

In 2019 I had a paper accepted for publication in International Zoo year book on hand rearing sloths and I continue to contribute to the production of CPD and resources for this fascinating group of animals.

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