Have you taken a stroll through Australia Zoo's wondrous Rainforest Aviary? Or have you sat in our Crocoseum while our fantastic birds swoop over your head? Well we are sure you would agree that they are truly amazing and colourful experiences.
Australia Zoo's bird keepers take care of a variety of beautiful birds all around the Zoo. From the little magical birds in our Rainforest Aviary to the cheeky Emus and the Cassowaries. Further on to performing shows in our Crocoseum including the very popular Birds of Prey show... these guys do it all!
Jodi began working at Australia Zoo in October 2002. After caring for a variety of animals, Jodi settled into the Bird department.
In March 2004 Jodi was given the opportunity to be apart off and develop Australia Zoo's ‘Bird Show' team which was such amazing opportunity and so much fun!
In late 2008 Jodi moved back to where it all started and now leads the Zoo's bird department where she enjoys the rewarding task of breeding and ensuring our birds have a safe and healthy environment.
Jodi also assists the croc team in their daily croc shows, in addition to assisting our curators with a variety of tasks.
In her spare time Jodi enjoys caring for her own birds, social events and just kicking back.
Crystal-Lee joined our busy birds team in 2007 and says that the most rewarding part of her job is the trust and bond you form as a keeper with all the birds you work with.
Outside of work Crystal-Lee enjoys breeding birds at home including parrots with her husband and son. They also carry out raptor rehabilitation at their home.
Maaike joined our busy birds crew in May 2010 and has been loving evey minute of the time she spends with our fethered friends.
Maaike has found her role very rewarding due to the bonds she has formed with our gorgeous birds. It took 12 months to bond with our resident Brolga, Bruce. But now that they have, Bruce dances with excitement everytime Maaike visits his enclosure.
When not a work Maaike can be found in the great outdoors either camping or hiking.
Luke has been working at Australia Zoo since June 2007 and he won his position after volunteering when he finished high school. Luke was a long standing member of our free flight bird crew and his favourite animal is Amelio our Wedged Tailed Eagle. In November 2012 Luke joined our busy koalas team but his passion for birds remains.
Luke absolutely loves his job and he also enjoys scuba diving, water skiing and horse riding.
Luke says he would encourage anyone who is interested in working with animals to volunteer as it is great fun and a good way to find out just what goes on behind the scenes of a world class Zoo.
Taryn became a part of our zoo crew in April 2012, bringing with her previous experience at a rescue shelter in her homeland of Canada. Taryn loves working at Australia Zoo because everyday there is something new to learn.
Although Taryn loves her birds, she names our cheetahs and tigers as her favourite animals...she is obsessed!!! When not working hard with the birds Taryn loves to play with her two dogs. One a great dane and the other a lab/pitbull cross.
Emma joined our birds crew in December 2011 after taking part in our coveted volunteer program.
Emma is currently a general keeper and helps out in many keeping departments throughout but is based in the birds department.
Jasmine joined the Bird crew in August 2013. With a degree in Zoology and marine Science at UQ, Jasmine is excited to be a part of the Zoo Crew. “I love having a job that is so fun, it doesn’t actually feel like work. If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Jasmine has also worked with the Queensland Turtle research program for 3 yrs and gets to spend each summer on Heron Island tagging nesting Green Sea Turtles and collating data on their breeding and nesting behaviour.
Following 5 years previously working as a vet nurse with small animals Ricki was excited to begin a new career path by joining the busy birds crew here at Australia Zoo.
Ricki loves a challenge and thinks that the zoo is an adventure with new tasks to tackle each and every shift.
Jade started with the Bird Crew in Jan 2014. She has also completed a degree in Biology and Psychology abroad and has previously volunteered with Australia Zoo for 5 months. Jade has also had the chance to meet Hunter & Clarence, our awesome baby Tigers, and has previously done an encounter with one of our Tigers, Kaitlyn.
Outside of work Jade is interested in Photography, and reading.
Sam joined the Bird Crew in December 2014. Having a passion for wildlife ever since she was little, has inspired Sam to travel to Africa and volunteer with the Big Cats and Elephants. One amazing experience was watching a pride of Lions with Cubs.
When not at the Zoo, you can find sam climbing mountains, surfing and snorkelling.
Taryn joined the Birds Crew in March 2015. The Red Panda's are Taryn's favourite animal and the Binturongs come a close second. Having a love of all animals and nature, you will find Taryn enjoying the outdoors when not at the Zoo.
Sarah joined the Birds Crew in August 2014. Sarah has a varied background from working in an environmetal lab to being a snake handler at childrens' birthday parties, field days and information events. Sarah loves coming to work where everyone is happy and the animals are well cared for. Sarah has a soft spot for our devils and feels that any conservation efforts are vital in helping these beautiful creatures.
The best animal experience Sarah has had is watching Spinner Dolphins live up to their name while doing research in Fiji and doing an honors project on the Platypus. "it felt like such an achievement to get up close to this elusive and bizarre species."
Outside of the Zoo Sarah enjoys diving, completeing a course in foster care for wildlife.
Natalie joined the Zoo Crew in Jan 2016. Natalie knew what she wanted to do from the moment she held a Blue Tongue Lizard in primary School. Having being a Vet Nurse for 6 years and a Keeper for 2 years, Natalie will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Zoo Crew.
Outside of the Zoo, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, and taking her dog to the beach.
Leanne joined the Zoo Crew in Jan 2016. Working with Australian Native animals is Leanne's dream and is keen to play a small part in helping to educate our guests on conservation.
Leanne has a soft spot for the Binturong, as they "are so gentle and sweet natured."
Outside of the Zoo Leanne enjoys Kayaking, surfing, and spending time with her dogs.
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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