Shaun Foggett, Owner and Curator, Crocodiles of the World
In episode fourteen, we’re excited to be joined by our very own ‘Crocodile Dundee’, Shaun Foggett, Owner and Curator of Crocodiles of the World, the UK’s only crocodile zoo. Shaun tells a fascinating story of persistence and belief for his passion that led him to become one of the foremost crocodilian experts in Europe.
Shaun opens up the proverbial Pandora’s Box of Dangerous Wild Animals in the UK, explaining how Sir David Attenborough first ignited his desire to learn more about crocodilians. He reveals how diagnosis of a life-threatening and rare blood disease led to him expanding from one Caiman Crocodile in his front room to owning over 150 crocodiles, a variety of reptiles and even a few meerkats.
In the podcast, Shaun tells us how he realised his dream, turning his lifelong desire to work with crocodiles into reality through his own zoo. With a mission focused on the conservation of crocodiles around the world and providing better education, Shaun explains how this has enabled him to build a great team and expand Crocodiles of The World’s influence as the foremost expert in crocodilian management across the UK and farther afield.
Building a sustainable and functional business around a passion is no mean feat, and Shaun has had to learn more about business than crocodiles on the journey so far. Throughout the conversation, he outlines some of the most important learnings and key messages he has learned and wants to share with new and seasoned business owners.
Tune into this week’s show to hear Shaun’s inspiring and transformational story from kickboxing carpenter into entrepreneur and all things crocodiles.
If you want to support the great work that Crocodiles of The World are doing and ensure they continue to do so beyond the global pandemic, all help will be greatly appreciated. Make a donation here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-care-for-our-animals-whilst-the-zoo-is-closed/comments#start
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Links & Resources
You can find out more about Shaun and Crocodiles of the Wild in the links and resources below:
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