The Crocodile/Reptile Department at Australia Zoo looks after over 100 animals. We have three different species - Saltwater Crocodiles, Freshwater Crocodiles and American Alligators and lots more reptilian friends. There are over 35 enclosures to look after, including large natural lagoons full of large wild captive crocs, and new state-of-the-art waterholes where we can control the temperature, PH levels and water levels of these naturalistic clear waterholes. The clear waterholes give the guests coming to the Zoo a bird's eye view of the natural behavior of the crocodiles living in them.
The Crocs/Reptiles Department is also heavily involved in the Crocodile Rescue Unit (CRU) and the International Crocodile Rescue Unit (ICRU). Some of the rescues have been carried out in East Timor, Vanuatu and Turtle Head Island, North Queensland.
The Croc Department is also involved in research of wild populations of Fresh- and Saltwater Crocodiles. We survey rivers, estuaries, and waterholes and count, tag, measure, weigh and release crocodiles. We also trap large Saltwater Crocodiles, some measuring up to five metres, and attach radio trackers and satellite trackers as a further study into the secret life of the Saltwater Crocodile.
No day is the same for this team. One day you might be performing a wildlife show to educate guests about how to safely coexist with these animals in the wild, and the next day you might be overseas or in some remote part of Australia working with animals in their natural habitat. Whatever we are doing, you can be sure that Crocs/Reptile crew have the best job in the world!
Head of Reptiles
Dave has been working with animals for over 10 years but only joined the Australia Zoo reptile crew in 2006 and was lucky enough to walk straight into his dream job as a reptile keeper.
Dave’s extensive knowledge and positive hard working attitude had been a huge bonus to our team. Dave's favourite animal at the zoo is Pamela, a coastal taipan because she is just gorgeous.
In his spare time Dave enjoys herping, bird watching, camping and photography. He also looks forward to hanging out with his two boys, Noah & Heath who also love anything that moves.
Bruce grew up in Ireland but moved to Australia after meeting his lovely Aussie wife. Despite St. Patrick’s best efforts, Bruce grew up with a passion for snakes, and what better country to move to than the land of snakes?
Bruce started at the Zoo in 2005 working in the Birds Department for 10 months before his dream of being a reptile keeper became reality. Bruce is a very passionate hard worker and an absolute pleasure to have on the team. Bruce's favourite animal at the zoo is Fat Boy, our beautiful Komodo Dragon because he is an awesome predator.
In his spare time Bruce enjoys fishing, bushwalking, camping, hanging out with his wife Tracey and two daughters Lily and Amber.
Lisa moved to Queensland from Adelaide with the hopes of getting her dream job at Australia Zoo, and in April 2008 she achieved her dream!
For her first three months Lisa worked alongside our furry friends in the mammals department before transferring to our more scaly friends in reptiles, and she has been there ever since.
Lisa has a real passion for working with all the animals but especially loves the Komodo Dragons, Rhino Iguanas and Aldabran Tortoises. You may see Lisa presenting our amazing snakes in the Crocoseum Wildlife Warrior Show or in the photo studio putting really big pythons on our patrons to have their photo taken.
"I work with an awesome team and hope I stay with the Zoo for many years to come!"
Hunter started with the Zoo crew in March 2014. He is no stranger though as having previously worked at Australia Zoo in 2011 to 2012 starting as a volunteer then being offered a job, working as a koala Keeper. Hunter is now part of the awesome Reptile crew - his greatest passion. Hunter has a broad experience when it comes to working with animals, having worked as a reptile keeper at a Zoo in the States and also working at Speedwell Forge Wolf Sanctuary in the United States.
Outside of the Zoo, Hunter likes to travel, & observe wildlife.
Nick joined the Reptiles crew in Jan 2015. Having worked for 11 years in the industry, Nick has a strong passion for conservation and "herping".
One amazing animal experience Nick has had was working in the field on Mt Kosciusko on an amphibian recovery team dedicated to saving the critically endangered Corroboree Frog.
Chris came to work at Australia Zoo in May 2012 following 5 years previously working with sharks at Seaworld on the Gold Coast.
Working in our reptiles department is a dream come true for Chris because his favourite animal is the crocodile. Chris says that he has been obsessed with crocs since he was a kid because of their brutal power mixed with terrifying stealth. This makes crocs an animal to be respected an admired.
Jeremy has been in the Zoo industry for many years and has probably worked with every animal you can think of.
His top three favourite animals at the zoo Rhino our ‘rhinoguana’, Coconut our gorgeous ‘tortoise’ and Leroy one of our ‘King Brown snake’s.
Jeremy chose this career as he is passionate about conservation and teaching people how they can help. Outside of the zoo Jeremy can be found camping, 4W4 and spending time with his family.
Jessica joined the Mammal Crew in July 2012 and then moved into the Reptile Department.
James joined the Bird Crew in February 2015. Having previously worked as a keeper for the last 8 years in Sydney, James was eager to get involved with our awesome Bird Crew. Chief, the Andean Condor is James's favourite, having a massive wingspan and impressive abilities. James has hand raised many animals in the past, includung Barking owls, a Sacred Kingfisher and Blue-Faced Honey Eaters.
Outside of the Zoo James enjoys, herping, birdwatching and spending time with his family.
Joining Australia Zoo in February 2013 Stuart has always been interested in reptiles big and small. Stuart says that he loves how unique and unpredictable they are.
Outside of work Stuart likes to go camping to track and observe reptiles in their natural environment, he even went as far as Komodo Island to see the Komodo Dragons.
Daniel joined the Reptile crew in December 2014. This is Daniels' life long dream and has been working as a keeper with many different animals for the last 10 years.
Daniel is in awe of Crocodiles, as"they are an Apex predator, but are also loving, caring animals to their offspring".
Daniel has also spent two months in Africa and got to trek and spend time with wild Gorilla's.
Outside of the Zoo Daniel loves the outdoors, camping and taking his dog to the beach.
Nero joined the Reptile Crew in Jan 2014. Having just completed High School he is keen to learn from the awesome Reptile crew.
Outside of the Zoo Nero enjoys Rock Climbing.
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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