Former zoo worker wins reality TV show

Adam GrettonShe has spent two months overcoming extreme weather conditions in the African wilderness and filming a menagerie of all creatures great and small.But former Banham Zoo worker Anna Forrester is set to make a return to the Norfolk tourist attraction this weekend after securing a prestigious natural history job.Adam Gretton

She has spent two months overcoming extreme weather conditions in the African wilderness and filming a menagerie of all creatures great and small.

But former Banham Zoo worker Anna Forrester is set to make a return to the Norfolk tourist attraction this weekend after securing a prestigious natural history job.

The 20-year-old was tonight (Wednesday) revealed as the winner of the BBC's Wildest Dreams television show after a two month intensive crash course in wildlife filming.

Miss Forrester, who lives in Cambridge, was one of eight rookie filmmakers competing for a year's contract with the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit after being selected from 2,500 applicants.


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The trainee film director, who spent eight weeks filming big cats, killer bees, crocodiles, hippos and other wild animals, is set to return to Banham Zoo on Saturday to help former colleagues promote International Vulture Awareness Day.

The former member of staff worked with the zoo's birds of prey and exotic animals before getting the once in a lifetime chance to compete for a job with the famous Natural History Unit.

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She will be flying birds as part of Banham Zoo's vulture and birds of prey display at 2.30pm on Saturday. Miss Forrester is set to start her new job in mid-September.

In tonight's final of Wildest Dreams, the trainee filmmaker and her two fellow finalists were tasked with filming lions and cheetahs in the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya before being announced as the winner by presenter Nick Knowles.

She had previously captured camera shy birds in South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains, filmed dolphins in Zanzibar, and shot 30,000 killer bees at the Long Tom Pass in South Africa whilst overcoming droughts, lightning storms and mini tornadoes.

An interview with the filmmaker will appear in Thursday's EDP.

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