About us



Initially a small family business, the expansion of Australia Zoo has seen the Irwin family employing hundreds of energetic people with a variety of skills.

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Big Cats

In December 2003, Australia Zoo extended their already amazing animal collection to include their first magnificent Tiger cubs. Almost four years later we have eleven Tigers and four Cheetahs. The Big Cat team at Australia Zoo now consists of fourteen staff members who are lucky enough to play with Tigers and Cheetahs for a living!Behind the scenes there is lots of work to be done to take care of these cats and ensure all of their needs are met, including the endless cleaning and hours spent training and conditioning these majestic animals. They require constant attention, including being taken for their daily walks, going for swims, playing with toys, or just hanging out with the handlers.
Contact with these animals from a young age ensures a good relationship when they get older. The Big Cat team is a passionate group of people who are absolutely dedicated to looking after Tigers and Cheetahs, both in captivity and in the wild. They work towards educating the public and raising much needed funds to try and save these amazing Big Cats from going extinct in the future.

The Departments

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.

All of our staff are legends... but we aim to recognize those who excel and push the boundaries:
Check out our Hall of Fame and Zoo Crew Legends