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Jess follows in Mum's footsteps 30 years on with zookeeper job

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

By John Butterworth

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TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Jess Jones is following in her mother's footsteps by starting a full-time trainee keeper job at Dudley Zoo this month three decades after mum, Tracey, did the same job.

Jess, from West Bromwich, said: "I loved listening to Mum's tales when I was growing up and I'm as animal mad as she is, so it was the obvious choice for me."

She added: "I was so happy when I got the call to offer me a job, it's the best start to 2014 I could ever have hoped for."

Tracey Jones, now aged 48 and a care worker, joined an apprentice scheme shortly after leaving school in the early 1980s and gained a keeper job a few months later. Jess has been volunteering at the zoo for two years while doing an Animal Care course at Rodbaston College. Tracey, who was then Miss Ford, said: "I'm so proud of Jess. She's worked hard to get this."

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