Terri Irwin's leadership of internationally-renowned tourism icon Australia Zoo has been recognised at the Queensland Management Excellence Awards held in Brisbane last night, where she was named Owner Manager of the Year.
As owner and director of Australia Zoo, and Patron of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, Terri was honoured for her leadership and management style, the role she has played in the growth of her business, commitment to mentoring and other leadership activities, and communication of the vision, mission and goals of Australia Zoo.
Terri said she was honoured to receive the award, which comes as Australia Zoo prepares to celebrate the life and legacy of Steve Irwin, in Steve Irwin Day on Monday 15 November.
"Steve and I shared a vision of becoming the ultimate, global zoological destination, and every day I continue to work at growing this vision into reality."
Under Terri's leadership and direction, Australia Zoo has grown into a world-class facility and leader in conservation, and has been widely recognised throughout the tourism industry, taking out Major Tourist Attraction at the Queensland and Australian Tourism Awards, and being inducted into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame.