It's the end of an era at the Wildlife Park, with the retirement of Nick Pinder after almost a quarter of a century as general manager.
During his tenure, he served under three departments, 13 politicians and nine different government ministers.
He oversaw the 40 acre wetland park, become involved in major breeding programmes and received international recognition for his work.
Mr Pinder says he is proud of many developments during his time in charge (first part of audio file):
Chief executive of the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure Nick Black says Mr Pinder made sterling efforts to develop the park (second part of audio file):