Wes has had a passion for reptiles since he was young, and in his early teens moved to the Sunshine Coast and
discovered Australia Zoo (then known as the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park). At the time the facility had only one other employee outside of the Irwin family and in 1988 Wes became the second full-time employee. Starting as a volunteer whilst still at school, Wes' love of reptiles (especially snakes) and his get up-and-go attitude led to a natural progression of becoming not only Steve's right hand man, but also his best mate. All over the world Wes assisted Steve with wildlife rescues and documentary filming. Like peas in a pod these two were always up to something, and you can bet it generally had something to do with reptiles! Today, Wes is the Director of Australia Zoo and the Chairman of Wildlife Warriors (Australia Zoo's wildlife charity).
Kelsey started at Australia Zoo (then known as the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park) as a school based volunteer and general keeper aged just 14 years. She was handpicked by Steve Irwin to join the original Australia Zoo team, when there were only two employees! While goannas are her favourite animal, venomous snakes and crocodiles hold a special interest for her...and are a tonne of fun! As Australia Zoo continued to grow, so did her job. Kelsey is now Head Curator of Australia Zoo and is full of enthusiasm, always ready to take on any task at hand! It's a big job running a zoo with over 1200 animals, and there is never a dull moment to be had - Kelsey is constantly on the go, overseeing the extensive animal keeping team.
Building Services Manager/Project Manager
Stuey has been here at the Zoo since 1996 and in that time he's done a bit of everything, from working with the birds Department, helping with croc captures or assisting with crocs at the Zoo. In his spare time Stuart likes to go fishing, enjoys birds and loves Star Wars, but most of all enjoys spending time with his son Zac.
Brian started with the Zoo in 2003 as the Retail Manager, bringing his 24 years of management experience with Coles-Myer. With his dedication and a lot of pizzazz, his team took out the Queensland Tourism Award in 2005 and 2006! In 2015, his hard work and passion have earned him the title of Operations Manager. He’s now our go-to guy with everything Zoo.
This woman is not for the faint-hearted. Although her background with wildlife began relatively recently when she first came to Australia Zoo back in 1997, she sure took it on boots and all. Beginning as head of the Mammals Department, Jodie continues to have a special love for the marsupials at the Zoo and having hand-raised a Tasmanian Devil or two in her time, those furry black and white handfuls are still her favourites.
Amanda first came to the Zoo as a volunteer in 2001 and after a short stint of volunteering she gave up the glamorous lifestyle as a dental assistant to join the Native Mammals team as an animal keeper in 2002.
At the end of 2002 Amanda was appointed Head Keeper of the Mammals team where she oversaw the entire workings of the department. From organising her staff to wrangling Kangaroos, Amanda has always given everything 110%. One of her proudest achievements during her time as head keeper has been the hand raising of the Tasmanian Devils. She still shares a very special bond with all the Natives, and can't resist the opportunity to sneak in a cuddle with one of the Echidnas or Wombats whenever she gets the chance.
Amanda's dedication to the animals under her care and to her staff has always been a number one priority for her. Over the years Amanda has seen her job responsibilities grow including assisting the Director and Head Curator to ensure that all of the keeping staff, their animals and exhibits are well cared for. Although Native Mammals are still her number one passion, she has handed over the reigns and has immersed herself in finance and Zoo Operations in addition to her Curator role.
Susan started at Australia Zoo in September 2003 working in Admissions. From there, Susan took on the challenging and exciting role of overseeing the opening of our world famous Crocoseum.
She also spent several years as our Customer Service Manager ensuring every guest had a beaut day out here at Australia Zoo! In 2014 Susan took a step on the wild side and headed out west for our acquisition of ajoining land to one of our conservation properties in St George. Whilst Susan enjoyed the country life, it wasn't long before the jaw snapping action of Australia Zoo called her back. With so many years of Zoo Operational experience Susan is now an important part of our Management Team.
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Bonnie started work at Australia Zoo in 2005, working as a Retail Assistant in the Australiana Shop. Within 12 months, she transferred into the HR Department and has been working in this area ever since.
Bonnie has completed a Certificate IV in Business and a Diploma of Management during her employment as Australia Zoo; and in 2010, she was awarded Staff Person of the Year.
Her favourite animal is the Echidna, they are so unique and special!
Executive Assistant & Managing Editor Crikey Magazine
Luke started at the Zoo in January 2007 after a short time of volunteering with our animal departments. After finishing high school he joined our Koala and Roving departments, where he worked with a huge variety of animals, but quickly fell in love with one group in particular, the mammals. So, when a spot in the Elephant team became available, Luke jumped at the chance to work with the Zoo's largest residents. Luke ran the elephant department for a number of years before changing roles within the zoo. In 2014 Luke became an Executive Assistant and began managing Australia Zoo's Crikey Magazine, where he gets to share Australia Zoo's world of conservation. Luke is also responsible for organising the logistics of our annual crocodile research project, the largest of its kind on the planet!
Zoe started with the Zoo Crew in Nov 2013. Zoe’s favourite animals are the Tigers and koalas. Recently, Zoe has taken over the role as PA to the Executive Assistant, providing support to Luke and the Irwins!
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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- Graphic Design
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- Group Bookings
- Human Resources
- Kids Zoo
- Native Mammals
- Rescue Team
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- Roving Entertainment
- School Based Trainees
- Steve's Safari Shuttle
- Tour Desk
- Website Team
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