This department has 7 species of native mammals and 1 exotic species, making over 100 animals in our care. It takes an average of 7 staff each day to clean, maintain and care for this sections animal enclosures as well as daily training and enrichment.
All of the staff on this team are very dedicated and hard working, with a great passion for the animals in their care-which is evident in the high standards of their work.
Claudia started working at Australia Zoo as a volunteer and later became a Native Mammals Keeper in September 2004. These days Claudia works with our beautiful Native Mammals.
Claudia loves working with Australian Native animals because of their uniqueness and they have certainly found a very special place in Claudia's heart. Claudia has completed Wildlife Biology studies & has been involved in a number of research studies, including one on Australia's Bilby. Claudia still finds time to be involved in platypus habitat research activities, when she's not busy tending to her amazing vege garden with the help of her husband. Apparently our Claudia has quite the green thumb.
David started working at Australia Zoo in December 2003 and has been working with the birds most of that time. In January 2004 he moved over to the bird show section helping with the maintenance and husbandry of the birds.
In January of 2005, David also started learning in the training side of the section of the bird show and finds it greatly rewarding.
In Jan 2014 David joined the exotics department.
After 8 months volunteering, Rachael was offered a position as a Keeper in our Mammals Department in December 2014. Rachael would reccomend volunteering as "it is always full of amazing experiences".
Outside of the Zoo, Rachael enjoys hanging out at the beach with her dogs.
Emma joined the Zoo Crew in August 2015. She enjoys working with all our mammals including the Tasmanian devils. "Everyday is different and exciting. I get to work with amazing animals and amazing staff, and I always walk away smiling."
Outside of the Zoo Emma enjoys foster caring for RSPCA puppies, going to museums, and walking her Cat!!
With thousands of visitors from all over the world passing through the gates daily, all team members understand the importance of making a lasting impression to our patrons. A job at Australia Zoo is more than a vocation, it's a lifestyle - just ask any of our team members. Australia Zoo employees love animals and conservation, have an exceptional self-drive attitude towards work and of course, wear the world famous khaki uniforms with pride! You just have to walk around the Zoo to feel the electricity in the air. The atmosphere creates an exciting experience for all visitors and a dream workplace environment for all employees.
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