Welcome to Kids Zoo - where you can see our baby farm animals, calves, lambs, kids and piglets. At any one time there are anything from 24-35 baby animals in our care, with an average of 3 staff and one or two volunteers to clean and care for them all. Caring for all these babies , as you can imagine, there's always a lot of cleaning up to do! Volunteers are invaluable in this department as they are the ones who get the animals out on the grass for a walk and graze in the sun.
Our animals love all the visitors who come and give them a pat or hand feed them farm food or a bottle of milk. Kids Zoo is a firm favourite with young children who can have a real hands-on experience with these gentle, trusting animals, and for many of them, its their first such contact. That's not to say our older visitors don't enjoy Kids Zoo - for many of them the experience brings back happy memories of life back on the farm.
When the animals have spent some time in Kids Zoo growing up, they head on back to the farm to graze in the paddock.
If any one thing has ever been completely constant in Barbara's life, it has been her immense love of animals of every kind. What began as a childhood fascination in all living creatures has grown into a great passion for wildlife and conservation, and she is thrilled to be identified amongst the Australia Zoo keeper team. From being surrounded by a menagerie of pets that has included all manner of feathers, fur and scales, Barbara went on to study Zoology and Wildlife Biology through a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland.
In her spare time, Barbara tries to cram in as many hobbies as she can... drawing and painting, photography, playing the piano, sword fighting, and of course hanging out with her own animals. She has a huge passion for canines of all kinds (African wild dogs, dingoes, wolves, jackals, foxes...) Barbara really hopes she gets the opportunity to work with them in the future, especially as the Zoo expands.
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.
Erin volunteered for 6 months at Australia Zoo before joining our Roving Entertainment team in September 2011. Erin has already learned heaps about the care of captive animals and made the decision to further her studies with a zooloogy course at university beginning in February 2012. Erin joined the Exotics crew in August 2015.
Dingoes are Erin's favourite animal here at the zoo as they are intelligent but challenging to work with. Erin believes that being a Roving Entertainer is the best job in the world because she can share her passion for animals and thier conservation with people visiting from all over the world.
Kayla started with the Exotics / Kids Zoo in June 2014. kayla has also being in our volunteer programme and really enjoyed it.
Outside of the Zoo, Kayla enjoys spending time with her patner & Son and going to the beach.
Kellie started with the keeping Department in January 2013. She has a keeping background and has previously worked with Mammals and Birds. Kellie also has experience hand-raising orphan Wombats, Wallabies and Possums, which she found very rewarding. Outside of the Zoo Kellie enjoys camping, walking, reading and visiting other Zoos.
Tuppence started with the Tour Team in March 2014. Before coming into the Zoo Crew, Tuppence was a guide at Maleny Dairies and has even helped deliver a few calves in her time. Tuppence is looking forward to showing people around the Zoo and helping the conservation message to get out there.
Judith started with the Birds Crew in May 2014. Having volunteered for 14 Months Judith was able to gain employment and work with our beautiful animals.
Judith has also had encounters with many of our animals including Echidnas, Wombats, Red Pandas, Rhino, Lemurs, Giraffe, Binturong, Camels, Koalas...
Outside of the Zoo Judith enjoys spending time with her family.
Amanda joined the Zoo Crew in August 2015. Amanda has been a volunteer with Australia Zoo previously and is now part of the Exotics Crew. Wombats are Amanda's favourite animals. "These guys are full of surprises!".
Outside of the Zoo Amanda enjoys camping with family and spending time with her animals at home.
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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