This department has 7 species of native mammals and 1 exotic species, making over 100 animals in our care. It takes an average of 7 staff each day to clean, maintain and care for this sections animal enclosures as well as daily training and enrichment.
All of the staff on this team are very dedicated and hard working, with a great passion for the animals in their care-which is evident in the high standards of their work.
Tammy was welcomed into the native mammal’s team in 2005. She has a very colourful background previously working at a vet surgery, an aerobics instructor, and then as a photographer here at Australia Zoo.
Tammy landed her dream job to work with animals and found her place in the Native Mammals department. Growing up with animals her whole life, Tammy new she wanted to be an animal keeper and Australian mammals are her greatest love of all. She gets to look after a lot of animals in her department and she loves them all, but the devil is the one closest to her heart.
Claudia started working at Australia Zoo as a volunteer and later became a Native Mammals Keeper in September 2004. These days Claudia works with our beautiful Native Mammals.
Claudia loves working with Australian Native animals because of their uniqueness and they have certainly found a very special place in Claudia's heart. Claudia has completed Wildlife Biology studies & has been involved in a number of research studies, including one on Australia's Bilby. Claudia still finds time to be involved in platypus habitat research activities, when she's not busy tending to her amazing vege garden with the help of her husband. Apparently our Claudia has quite the green thumb.
Beth has been an invaluable member of our native mammals crew since 2007. We don;t know what we would do without her!!!
Siobhan became a member of the legendary native mammals crew in September 2012.
Whilst Siobhan has a passion for African animal which she majored in at univeristy, she is enjoying learning all about our native australian wildlife.
Hayley initially joined the Australia Zoo team in October 2008 following a year in our volunteer program. Starting in our kid's zoo crew, Hayley has also actively worked in our native mammals and koala teams.
Hayley loves to learn anything she can about our animals and enjoys the bond she shares with them.
When not at work Hayley hangs out with her three dogs, Jessie, Chester and Fergus. She also enjoys travelling as well as volunteer work overseas.
Kayla joined the Native Mammals team in December 2012 after successful placement within our volunteer program.
Kayla loves animals and really enjoys working outdoors and can often be found outside of work abseiling, snorkelling and even scuba diving.
Kate joined the Australia Zoo Crew April 2013. Kate has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. She doesn't have one particular favourite animals but commented that she loved the Otters and thinks they are pretty cute. AGREED!!!!!
Kate's most amazing animal experience happened during a 3 week Uni trip to Africa. They visited amazing places and got too see so many animals. She got to hug a baby black rhino, pet a cheetah and ride and elephant.
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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