There are 40 plus Koalas to care for in this section. As well as cutting leaf, cleaning and maintenance this team is responsible for Koala photos, animal and keeper handling, training and education in our amazing walk through koala exhibit.
We have some of the world's best horticulturists working right here at Australia Zoo, providing our healthy Koalas with their nutritious diet. Our leafcutters are very dedicated to cutting only the very best eucalyptus leaf tip to feed our koalas.
Kirsten joined our busy Native Mammals crew in July 2012 following 6 years experince at Cairns Tropical Zoo with Native & Exotic Mammals. Before moving into the captive animal industry, Kirsten had spent 12 years in the Royal Australian Navy.
Kirsten joined the Koalas crew full time in December 2012 and loves getting hands on with our furry friends.
Kirsten is looking forward to working with the many different species that call Australia Zoo home. Although she has no favourites yet, some highlights of Kirsten day job include getting hands on with our naughty wombats and cuddling our cute koalas.
After volunteering here at Australia Zoo for 8 months, Kristen gained employment in October 2011 as part of our Koala department and loves having such an incredible job with amazing animals.
He doesn't have a favourite animal, believing that every animal is awesome in their own way. When he is not working, Kristen can be found camping, and playing or umpiring field hockey.
With a history in the animal care field including vet nursing and native wildlife keeper in North QLD, Leah was a welcome addition to our Koalas crew when she gained employment in April 2012.
Tigers are her favourite animal at the zoo which Leah desctibes as majestic and amazing. Tigers really need our help to survive in the wild and Leah is proud to work at Australia Zoo because of our tireless conservation efforts for Tigers and education of the public with hands on experiences.
When not at the zoo Leah enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids, studying to finish her uni degree in wildlife sciences and playing the drums.
Cameron started at Australia Zoo in Oct 2013. Cameron’s favourite animals are the Red Pandas, because they are very inquisitive and bold for their size. Cameron loves how he gets to see kids and overseas visitors smiling faces when they get to hold/pat one of our Koalas.
One of Cameron’s amazing animal encounters was at home playing cricket as a child, when a Red-Bellied Black snake slide over his feet.
Outside of the Zoo Cameron enjoys Hiking, Playing Aussie Rules, reading, surfing, rock climbing and staying fit.
Leif started with the Koala crew in January 2014.
Inga has always wanted to work at Australia Zoo and following the completion of her university studies, she joined our birds team in June 2010.
Inga says that being a keeper at AZ is her dream job as she loves working with the amazing team here and being a part of our conservation efforts.
Inga enjoys going to the beach, drawing and reading in her spare time.
Matt became a leafcutter in our legendary koala crew in October 2011.
Brooke joined the Australia Zoo family early 2013, she previously volunteered for the Zoo and was doing such a wonderful job we hired her.
Brooke's love of animals has fuelled her interest in animal conservation and working at Australia Zoo allows her to combine both of those interests.
Heath joined the Khaki Crew in May 2013, he comes from a 15 year corporate background of Banking and Finance and craved a career change. A change he did get, his new position involves no office, no suit, no mobile phone, no computers. What it does involve is a lot of outdoor work and the joy of taking care of Australia's cutest and most cuddly animals.
Although Heath loves his job in the Koalas department his true passion lies with the Crocs and Snakes. He said "Growing up in North Queensland you learn quite quickly to appreciate these magnificent creatures"
Heath's most amazing animal experience was when he travelled to Kenya and visited the Elephant Orphanage and adopted a baby elephant for his daughter. He said "It is very rewarding to know how big of a difference such a little amount of money can make for an amazing creature"
Kim joined the Zoo Crew in Aug 2013.
Liam joined the Koala crew in November 2014. Having a background as a holticulturalist, Liam will love working side by side with our Koalas.
Catherine joined the Zoo Crew in October 2014. She has also completed an intership as a marine trainer in Long Beach California, and worked as a wildlife Keeper at Paradise Country.
One of Catherine's favourite animals is the Red Panda, with the Tigers as a close second.
One animal encouter Catherine won't forget is having a Humpback Whale appear right beside her, blowing air and covering her in Whale Booger!!
Brad started with the Zoo Crew in November 2013. Brad was a volunteer with the Zoo and really enjoyed having a cuddle with our beautiful Elephants, which he will never forget. Brad also has a soft spot for the Koalas. Brad said, “I love the whole culture at the Zoo that the Irwin’s started 40 years ago and hence wanting to join the fantastic team we have.”
Mick joined the Zoo Crew in July 2014 after being a volunteer for almost 1 year. Mick has loved animals ever since his first word, which was "nakes", and his family has always cared for wildlife. Mick has also being a volunteer at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of the wildlife rescue and carer program.
Mick's best wildlife experiences has been raising and releasing "Gordy", a bennetts Wallaby, and being on safari in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Outside of the Zoo Mick enjoys surfing, scuba diving, 4wdriving, hiking and camping.
Luke joined our volunteer programme in May 2014, and then joined our awesome Koala crew in August 2014. Luke is thrilled to be able to come to Australia Zoo to work and learn something new everyday about animals and how to care for them.
Luke has had an amazing experience when he met our Wedge Tail Eagle Amelio.
Outside of work Luke enjoys surfing, photography, scuba diving & music production.
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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