Have you taken a stroll through Australia Zoo's wondrous Rainforest Aviary? Or have you sat in our Crocoseum while our fantastic birds swoop over your head? Well we are sure you would agree that they are truly amazing and colourful experiences.
Australia Zoo's bird keepers take care of a variety of beautiful birds all around the Zoo. From the little magical birds in our Rainforest Aviary to the cheeky Emus and the Cassowaries. Further on to performing shows in our Crocoseum including the very popular Birds of Prey show... these guys do it all!
Jodi began working at Australia Zoo in October 2002. After caring for a variety of animals, Jodi settled into the Bird department.
In March 2004 Jodi was given the opportunity to be apart off and develop Australia Zoo's ‘Bird Show' team which was such amazing opportunity and so much fun!
In late 2008 Jodi moved back to where it all started and now leads the Zoo's bird department where she enjoys the rewarding task of breeding and ensuring our birds have a safe and healthy environment.
Jodi also assists the croc team in their daily croc shows, in addition to assisting our curators with a variety of tasks.
In her spare time Jodi enjoys caring for her own birds, social events and just kicking back.
Tarrah made a bold decision to move away from fast food industry and into captive animal/tourism industry in November 2009 when she joined our busy birds crew.
Tarrah loves working at Australia Zoo because everyday brings a new amazing animal experience. Tarrah says that "The feeling you get when you are training an animal and you 'crack' it, can be very rewarding. Bruce the Brolga doing a dance for you or kisses from a Macaw...are all amazing."
When not at the zoo Tarrah enjoys playing softball and beach volleyball.
David started working at Australia Zoo in December 2003 and has been working with the birds most of that time. In January 2004 he moved over to the bird show section helping with the maintenance and husbandry of the birds.
In January of 2005, David also started learning in the training side of the section of the bird show and finds it greatly rewarding.
Crystal-Lee joined our busy birds team in 2007 and says that the most rewarding part of her job is the trust and bond you form as a keeper with all the birds you work with.
Outside of work Crystal-Lee enjoys breeding birds at home including parrots with her husband and son. They also carry out raptor rehabilitation at their home.
Maaike joined our busy birds crew in May 2010 and has been loving evey minute of the time she spends with our fethered friends.
Maaike has found her role very rewarding due to the bonds she has formed with our gorgeous birds. It took 12 months to bond with our resident Brolga, Bruce. But now that they have, Bruce dances with excitement everytime Maaike visits his enclosure.
When not a work Maaike can be found in the great outdoors either camping or hiking.
Luke has been working at Australia Zoo since June 2007 and he won his position after volunteering when he finished high school. Luke was a long standing member of our free flight bird crew and his favourite animal is Amelio our Wedged Tailed Eagle. In November 2012 Luke joined our busy koalas team but his passion for birds remains.
Luke absolutely loves his job and he also enjoys scuba diving, water skiing and horse riding.
Luke says he would encourage anyone who is interested in working with animals to volunteer as it is great fun and a good way to find out just what goes on behind the scenes of a world class Zoo.
Taryn became a part of our zoo crew in April 2012, bringing with her previous experience at a rescue shelter in her homeland of Canada. Taryn loves working at Australia Zoo because everyday there is something new to learn.
Although Taryn loves her birds, she names our cheetahs and tigers as her favourite animals...she is obsessed!!! When not working hard with the birds Taryn loves to play with her two dogs. One a great dane and the other a lab/pitbull cross.
Emma joined our birds crew in December 2011 after taking part in our coveted volunteer program.
Emma is currently a general keeper and helps out in many keeping departments throughout but is based in the birds department.
Jasmine joined the Bird crew in August 2013. With a degree in Zoology and marine Science at UQ, Jasmine is excited to be a part of the Zoo Crew. “I love having a job that is so fun, it doesn’t actually feel like work. If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Jasmine has also worked with the Queensland Turtle research program for 3 yrs and gets to spend each summer on Heron Island tagging nesting Green Sea Turtles and collating data on their breeding and nesting behaviour.
Following an 18 month stint as one of our valued volunteers, Claire was offered a position in our busy birds crew in September 2011. Having previously worked in the retail industry in Melbourne, Australia Zoo is definitelynot your average workplace.
Claire loves being surrounded by the beautiful animals that call Australia Zoo home. Claire enjoys meeting our guests and educating them on her feathered friends.
Claire is very 'sporty' and enjoys going to the beach as well as horse riding on her days off.
Steph was previously employed as a cake decorator before jumping at the oppourtunity to join the zoo crew in October 2010.
Steph's friends have given her the nickname 'Giraffe' due to her tall stature so its no wonder they are also her favourite animal at the zoo.
Steve Irwin was a huge influence on Steph growing up so its no surprise that she ended up working here as she shares the same passion for conservation.
On her days off Steph can be found playing basketball, reading as well hanging out with friends.
Following 5 years previously working as a vet nurse with small animals Ricki was excited to begin a new career path by joining the busy birds crew here at Australia Zoo.
Ricki loves a challenge and thinks that the zoo is an adventure with new tasks to tackle each and every shift.
Jade started with the Bird Crew in Jan 2014. She has also completed a degree in Biology and Psychology abroad and has previously volunteered with Australia Zoo for 5 months. Jade has also had the chance to meet Hunter & Clarence, our awesome baby Tigers, and has previously done an encounter with one of our Tigers, Kaitlyn.
Outside of work Jade is interested in Photography, and reading.
Emma started with the awesome Bird crew in Jan 2014. Having two pet parrots at home, Emma has had some experience when it comes to working with Birds. She is excited to be a part of an organisation that plays such a big role in conservation. Emma has also come up close to a Cassowary in the Daintree Rainforest. Outside of the Zoo Emma enjoys horse-riding.
Erin started with the Bird Crew in Feb 2014. After working at Darling Downs Zoo as a keeper, she decided to join our awesome crew. Erin just loves the Binturong as they are so unique and many people do not know what they are. Erin has always had a passion for wildlife, bringing home injured Birds and mammals as a child. Outside of the Zoo Erin likes to do boxing, weights and entertaining her four yr old.
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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