There are 40 plus Koalas to care for in this section. As well as cutting leaf, cleaning and maintenance this team is responsible for Koala photos, animal and keeper handling, training and education in our amazing walk through koala exhibit.
We have some of the world's best horticulturists working right here at Australia Zoo, providing our healthy Koalas with their nutritious diet. Our leafcutters are very dedicated to cutting only the very best eucalyptus leaf tip to feed our koalas.
Kirsten joined our busy Native Mammals crew in July 2012 following 6 years experince at Cairns Tropical Zoo with Native & Exotic Mammals. Before moving into the captive animal industry, Kirsten had spent 12 years in the Royal Australian Navy.
Kirsten joined the Koalas crew full time in December 2012 and loves getting hands on with our furry friends.
Kirsten is looking forward to working with the many different species that call Australia Zoo home. Although she has no favourites yet, some highlights of Kirsten day job include getting hands on with our naughty wombats and cuddling our cute koalas.
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.
Brooke joined the Australia Zoo family early 2013, she previously volunteered for the Zoo and was doing such a wonderful job we hired her.
Brooke's love of animals has fuelled her interest in animal conservation and working at Australia Zoo allows her to combine both of those interests.
Heath joined the Khaki Crew in May 2013, he comes from a 15 year corporate background of Banking and Finance and craved a career change. A change he did get, his new position involves no office, no suit, no mobile phone, no computers. What it does involve is a lot of outdoor work and the joy of taking care of Australia's cutest and most cuddly animals.
Although Heath loves his job in the Koalas department his true passion lies with the Crocs and Snakes. He said "Growing up in North Queensland you learn quite quickly to appreciate these magnificent creatures"
Heath's most amazing animal experience was when he travelled to Kenya and visited the Elephant Orphanage and adopted a baby elephant for his daughter. He said "It is very rewarding to know how big of a difference such a little amount of money can make for an amazing creature"
Liam joined the Koala crew in November 2014. Having a background as a holticulturalist, Liam will love working side by side with our Koalas.
Amelia joined the Zoo Crew in Jan 2015, as part of our Koala crew.
Having previously worked in Costa Rica with the Leatherback turtles, and Stingrays in the Cayman Islands, Amelia is now enjoying her "cuddle" time with our beautiful Koalas.
Rachel joined the Koala Crew in March 2015. " I love being able to work so close with animals and be part of such a great program."
In her spare time Rachel is playing sports/Coaching and Horse Riding.
Christian started with the Koala crew in March 2015. Having spent the past 21yrs in the metal industry, Christian followed his dream. "Joining the AZ family is a dream come true. Ever since I first visited London Zoo as a 5yr old, I told my Nanny Joan I wanted to be a Zoo keeper and look after Elephants. It's such a beautiful place to spend your day and work alongside some of the best conservationists in the world, and to keep Steve's dream alive."
Outside of the Zoo Christian enjoys going for drives with his wife and kids, surfing, kayaking, and catching bugs and crawlies with his kids.
Cameron started with the Koala Crew in March 2015. Most days, Cameron is out collecting the best possible leaf for our koalas, and loving being a part of conservation within Australia Zoo. Cameron just loves our Komodo Dragon Fat Boy, and is keen to let our patrons know all about our Koalas as well.
When not at the Zoo, Cameron enjoys camping, and bushwalking.
Catherine joined the Zoo Crew in October 2014. She has also completed an intership as a marine trainer in Long Beach California, and worked as a wildlife Keeper at Paradise Country.
One of Catherine's favourite animals is the Red Panda, with the Tigers as a close second.
One animal encouter Catherine won't forget is having a Humpback Whale appear right beside her, blowing air and covering her in Whale Booger!!
Brad started with the Zoo Crew in November 2013. Brad was a volunteer with the Zoo and really enjoyed having a cuddle with our beautiful Elephants, which he will never forget. Brad also has a soft spot for the Koalas. Brad said, “I love the whole culture at the Zoo that the Irwin’s started 40 years ago and hence wanting to join the fantastic team we have.”
Jenna joined the Zoo Crew in October 2015. Jenna has had some great experiences in her travels from working with endangered Flying Foxes, Otters, Tree Kangaroos and Crocodilians.
Outside of the Zoo Jenna enjoys camping, kayaking and hiking
Bo joined the Zoo Crew in October 2015. Bo has worked with many animals including primates, Tigers, Lions, Penguins and Seals.
Bo was also a part of the volunteer program. "It is such a great program and I would recommend it to anyone!
Outside of the Zoo Bo enjoys spotting wildlife, spending time with her dogs, and going to the beach.
Sam joined the Zoo Crew in Jan 2016.
Sam has spent a month in South Africa seeing all of the amazing animals there and was able to be a part of a Rhino conservation project. At the Zoo you will find Sam looking after our gorgeous koalas.
Outside of the Zoo Sam enjoys going to the Beach, knee boarding, tubing, and hanging with his mates.
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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