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!
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.
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.
Claire joined the Birds team in September 2011 after volunteering for 18 months! She loved being surrounded by all of the animals and the awesome people here at Australia Zoo every day. You will often find her sharing her passion and enthusiasm for her feathery friends.
Although she loves all animals, macaws and wombats are her definate favourites. When she's away from work, Claire enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to the beach, horse riding, and all other things sporty.
Adele started with the Zoo Crew in February 2015. Adele was previously volunteering with the Australia Zoo crew. Having a passion for animals, Adele is keen to educate our guests on conservation.
Outside of the Zoo Adele enjoys going to the Beach and going for walks.
Cassidy joined the Zoo Crew in July 2016, after going through our awesome volunteer program. Cassidy is keen to spread our conservation message.
Natalie joined the Zoo Crew in Jan 2016. Natalie knew what she wanted to do from the moment she held a Blue Tongue Lizard in primary School. Having being a Vet Nurse for 6 years and a Keeper for 2 years, Natalie will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Zoo Crew.
Outside of the Zoo, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, and taking her dog to the beach.
Gemma joined the Zoo Crew in June 2016 after volunteering at Australia Zoo. Gemma said "The atmosphere, being around amazing animals and likeminded, passionate people. Being able to contribute to conservation."
Jenna joined the Zoo Crew in April 2017. Having previously worked at other Zoo's, Jenna brings a wealth of knowledge and is keen to spread our conservation message.
Sarah joined the Birds team in September 2017. She's been a keeper for over 8 years before joining Australia Zoo. She loves working at Australia Zoo because everyone is so passionate about wildlife and conservation, and she loves being able to work with all of our amazing animals. Her favourite animals are birds. She loves all of their different personalities, their beautiful plumage and calls, and all of the different shapes, sizes and colours they come in.
Nathan joined the Leafcutting team in February 2018. He's done quite a bit of keeping work previously, even training with various reptiles in America and checking out the Big 5 in their wild African environment. Nathan loves working towards conservation and education; anything and everything to do with wildlife.
"It's not a job, it's a lifestyle."
Just a few months after starting with Australia Zoo, Nathan had the opportunity to move into the keeping world - joining our fantastic Birds Team!
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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