For Janet Tidey volunteering is a huge part of everyday life. For the last ten years she has been helping out at her local zoo, Drusillas Park, returning each week to assist and spread a conservation message.
Today is International Volunteer Day, which recognises the contribution volunteers make within their communities.
As part of the role, Janet helps raise awareness and oversees the zoo’s walkthrough enclosures. She also helps out in the Discovery Centre, educating people about custom seized animal artefacts although her favourite place is alongside the 12 playful residents of Lemurland.
Janet says she has no intention of leaving anytime soon, despite being a mum of six and grandmother to eight children, she plans to continue at the zoo for the foreseeable future.