MARWELL Zoo is being hailed for being good to its staff.

The zoo was named in the Sunday Times top 100 not-for-profit employers.

Staff were asked questions over eight areas: my manager, leadership, my company, personal growth, my team, giving something back, fair deal and wellbeing.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner in London.

Marwell was placed 13 out of 100 in the not-for-profit list.

The charity employs 250 people ranging from animal keepers, landscape and catering staff to conservation biologists and scientists in the UK and abroad.

James Cretney, chief executive, said: “Our success is determined by our ability to operate as an effective team - delighting our guests and delivering our charitable work as we strive to inspire care and understanding for the natural world.

“We pride ourselves on a unique working environment which strongly embodies our values. What makes this achievement particularly rewarding is the feedback that our colleagues feel happy, motivated, and empowered.”

Without the talented individuals who make up the Marwell family, our mission to connect people with nature simply would not be possible.”

The Mayflower was ranked 52 and was the only theatre in the list.

Theatre chief executive Michael Ockwell said: “We are all very proud that we have been ranked as 52nd in the top 100 companies after taking part for the very first time.

“Mayflower Theatre staff are dedicated to offering the best possible customer service and work hard to offer all our partners and supporters inspiring experiences. We believe in supporting them and ensuring their own experience is fulfilling, it is clear that a happy team can have such a positive impact on a business.”