The Crocodile/Reptile Department at Australia Zoo looks after over 100 animals. We have three different species - Saltwater Crocodiles, Freshwater Crocodiles and American Alligators and lots more reptilian friends. There are over 35 enclosures to look after, including large natural lagoons full of large wild captive crocs, and new state-of-the-art waterholes where we can control the temperature, PH levels and water levels of these naturalistic clear waterholes. The clear waterholes give the guests coming to the Zoo a bird's eye view of the natural behavior of the crocodiles living in them.
The Crocs/Reptiles Department is also heavily involved in the Crocodile Rescue Unit (CRU) and the International Crocodile Rescue Unit (ICRU). Some of the rescues have been carried out in East Timor, Vanuatu and Turtle Head Island, North Queensland.
The Croc Department is also involved in research of wild populations of Fresh- and Saltwater Crocodiles. We survey rivers, estuaries, and waterholes and count, tag, measure, weigh and release crocodiles. We also trap large Saltwater Crocodiles, some measuring up to five metres, and attach radio trackers and satellite trackers as a further study into the secret life of the Saltwater Crocodile.
No day is the same for this team. One day you might be performing a wildlife show to educate guests about how to safely coexist with these animals in the wild, and the next day you might be overseas or in some remote part of Australia working with animals in their natural habitat. Whatever we are doing, you can be sure that Crocs/Reptile crew have the best job in the world!
Senior Reptiles Keeper
Nick joined the Reptiles crew in Jan 2015. Having worked for 11 years in the industry, Nick has a strong passion for conservation and "herping".
One amazing animal experience Nick has had was working in the field on Mt Kosciusko on an amphibian recovery team dedicated to saving the critically endangered Corroboree Frog.
Bruce grew up in Ireland but moved to Australia after meeting his lovely Aussie wife. Despite St. Patrick’s best efforts, Bruce grew up with a passion for snakes, and what better country to move to than the land of snakes?
Bruce started at the Zoo in 2005 working in the Birds Department for 10 months before his dream of being a reptile keeper became reality. Bruce is a very passionate hard worker and an absolute pleasure to have on the team. Bruce's favourite animal at the zoo is Fat Boy, our beautiful Komodo Dragon because he is an awesome predator.
In his spare time Bruce enjoys fishing, bushwalking, camping, hanging out with his wife Tracey and two daughters Lily and Amber.
Lisa moved to Queensland from Adelaide with the hopes of getting her dream job at Australia Zoo, and in April 2008 she achieved her dream!
For her first three months Lisa worked alongside our furry friends in the mammals department before transferring to our more scaly friends in reptiles, and she has been there ever since.
Lisa has a real passion for working with all the animals but especially loves the Komodo Dragons, Rhino Iguanas and Aldabran Tortoises. You may see Lisa presenting our amazing snakes in the Crocoseum Wildlife Warrior Show or in the photo studio putting really big pythons on our patrons to have their photo taken.
"I work with an awesome team and hope I stay with the Zoo for many years to come!"
Hunter started with the Zoo crew in March 2014. He is no stranger to the Zoo though, as having previously worked at Australia Zoo in 2011 to 2012 starting as a volunteer then being offered a job, working as a koala Keeper. Hunter is now part of the awesome Reptile crew - his greatest passion. Hunter has a broad experience when it comes to working with animals, having worked as a reptile keeper at a Zoo in the States and also working at Speedwell Forge Wolf Sanctuary in the United States.
Outside of the Zoo, Hunter likes to travel, & observe wildlife.
Jessica joined the Mammal Crew in July 2012 and then moved into the Reptile Department, which has always been her dream job. Reptiles have always facinated her and she's excited to be able to help other people to realise how amazing they are.
Her favourite animals are the Veiled Chameleons, Reticulated pythons and Komodo Dragons.
Joining Australia Zoo in February 2013 Stuart has always been interested in reptiles big and small. Stuart says that he loves how unique and unpredictable they are.
Outside of work Stuart likes to go camping to track and observe reptiles in their natural environment, he even went as far as Komodo Island to see the Komodo Dragons.
Harrison has been working at the Zoo since October 2009 and has loved every minute of it.
I love it here at Australia Zoo. It is an amazing opportunity to work with so many different animals, no day is ever the same.
Outside of the Zoo Harrison likes to just relax and listen to some music,and camping and 4WDrving with my mates.
Aiden joined the Zoo Crew in April 2016, after having worked as a volunteer within our keeping department. He has also completed a bachelor of Science - Majoring in Zoology.
"I love having the opportunity to work with animals, and learning something new everyday."
Outside of the Zoo, Aiden enjoys Hockey, going to the beach and fishing
Daniel joined the Reptile crew in December 2014. This is Daniel's life long dream and has been working as a keeper with many different animals for the last 10 years.
Daniel is in awe of Crocodiles, as "they are an Apex predator, but are also loving, caring animals toward their offspring".
Daniel has also spent two months in Africa and got to trek and spend time with wild Gorillas.
Outside of the Zoo Daniel loves the outdoors, camping and taking his dog to the beach.
Nero joined the Reptile Crew in Jan 2014. Having just completed High School he is keen to learn from the awesome Reptile crew.
Outside of the Zoo Nero enjoys Rock Climbing.
Mick joined the Zoo Crew in July 2014 after being a volunteer for almost a year. He has loved animals ever since his first word, which was "nakes", and his family has always cared for wildlife. Mick has also been a volunteer at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of the wildlife rescue and carer program.
Mick's best wildlife experiences has been raising and releasing "Gordy", a bennetts Wallaby, and being on safari in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Outside of the Zoo Mick enjoys surfing, scuba diving, 4wdriving, hiking and camping.
Tai joined the Africa team in October 2017. He loves zookeeping and is excited to spend some time with all of our lovely animals at Australia Zoo!
In April 2018, Tai had the opportunity to join the Reptiles Team!
Ned recently joined our Reptile team in November 2018; he made an excellent addition to the team due to his previous reptile handling experience. His favourite animal is the Inland Taipan due to its toxicity of venom as well as its beautiful appearance. Outside of the zoo Ned enjoys the outdoors, taking part in scuba diving, bushwalking, fishing or camping.
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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