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.
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!!!
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.
Calyce joined the Zoo Crew early 2013 and comes from a background of teaching music and drama. Her favourite aspect of working at Australia Zoo is the hands on experience with the animals.
Like many of our keepers Calyce does not have a favourite animal at the Zoo. She loves them all and finds it amazing how each animal has their own unique personality.
Calyce has travelled overseas following her passion for animals with her favourite experience walking Pumas in Bolivia.
Kayla joined the Zoo Crew early 2013, with her love for animals there was only once place Kayla wanted to work and thanks to her volunteering a position was soon offered to her.
Kayla enjoys talking with patrons and teaching them all about the animals and conservation. She also enjoys coming to the Zoo on her days off and has done almost all encounters and highly recommends them. Her favourite animals here at Australia Zoo are the Tigers.
Donnie joined the the Autsrlia Zoo Crew in Jan 2014. He has a background in Retail and Hospitality. Donnie has a softpot for lemurs and he cant wait to meet all our gorgeous animals.
Donnie has also had an awesome experience with a Rhino - giving it a mud bath.
Outside of the Zoo Donnie likes Basketball, Adventure exploring, AFL.
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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