Cast & Zoo Crew
Terri Raines was born in Eugene, Oregon, USA on the 20 July, 1964. Her father drove heavy-haul trucks and would often bring home wildlife that had been injured on the road. This instilled in Terri a love for wildlife and a desire to help animals from a very early age. At 22, Terri was running the family business, worked part-time at an emergency veterinary hospital and operated a wildlife rehabilitation organisation called 'Cougar Country', rehabilitating and releasing predatory mammals such as...
18-year-old Bindi Irwin is an international award-winning wildlife conservationist and celebrity who has inherited her father's passion for wildlife and wild places. Born to Wildlife Warriors Steve and Terri Irwin, Bindi was quite literally born on television! By the age of 9, Bindi had appeared on numerous American chat-shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Oprah and Larry King Live. In 2007, Bindi launched her clothing range, Bindi Wear International,...
Robert Clarence Irwin was born on December 1, 2003 and the abundance of energy he brings to Australia Zoo is contagious! At only 12 years old, Robert is a chip off the old block, and with his cheeky grin and natural curiosity, he loves nothing more than catching lizards and skinks, learning about wildlife and the Australian bush, and hanging out with his much-loved sister, Bindi. His hobbies include mountain biking, palaeontology and photography. Like his mum and sister, Robert has also been q...
Wes has had a passion for reptiles since he was young, and in his early teens moved to the Sunshine Coast and
discovered Australia Zoo (then known as the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park). At the time the facility had only one other employee outside of the Irwin family and in 1988 Wes became the second full-time employee. Starting as a volunteer whilst still at school, Wes' love of reptiles (especially snakes) and his get up-and-go attitude led to a natural progression of becoming not only Steve's right hand man, but also his best mate. All over the world Wes assisted Steve with wild...read more.
Kelsey started at Australia Zoo (then known as the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park) as a school based volunteer and general keeper aged just 14 years. She was handpicked by Steve Irwin to join the original Australia Zoo team, when there were only two employees! While goannas are her favourite animal, venomous snakes and crocodiles hold a special interest for her...and are a tonne of fun! As Australia Zoo continued to grow, so did her job. Kelsey is now Head Curator of Australia Zoo and is full of enthusiasm, always ready to take on any task at hand! It's a big job running a zoo with over ...read more.
Building Services Manager/Project Manager
Stuey has been here at the Zoo since 1996 and in that time he's done a bit of everything, from working with the birds Department, helping with croc captures or assisting with crocs at the Zoo. In his spare time Stuart likes to go fishing, enjoys birds and loves Star Wars, but most of all enjoys spending time with his son Zac....read more.
Giles has worked with Big Cats since leaving school. He started in his current position in December 2003, when Australia Zoo got their first tiger cubs. Originally working in zoos in England, Giles has also spent over two years working in a voluntary capacity in India, trying to make a contribution to help save the magnificent tiger in its natural habitat. Giles has a passion not only for tigers and their conservation in the wild, but also for educating people about the environment and what they can do to make a difference.
"The environment is the life support system to every living...read more.
Toby started working at Australia Zoo in 1997, and now heads up the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit. His passion for crocodiles and all things scaly has seen him heavily involved in all manner of croc and venomous snake rescues both in Australia and internationally. Toby's venomous snake handling skills makes him a very welcome addition to the Rescue Unit, along with his ability to climb just about anything! When Toby is not rescuing animals you can find him traveling around the globe checking out the world's crocodilians and other wildlife; places like Africa, America, Vanuatu and Sumatra just t...read more.
Senior Veterinarian and Coordinator of Veterinary Research
Amber has had a passion for wildlife for as long as she can remember and dreamed of being a vet. Growing up, she experienced Australian wildlife through raising injured fruit bats and the occasional possum and wallaby.
Amber's real experiences with wildlife began 10 years ago when she travelled to South Africa for a wildlife symposium and game capture course. She loved it so much that she returned in the beginning of 2003 to continue her veterinary degree there for the year. That year, Amber was lucky enough to get a job with the DeWildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in South Africa. ...read more.
Melanie has forever dreamed of being a Zoo Vet, and has always had a passion for wildlife conservation and welfare. She graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 2008, after completing externships at Taronga Zoo, Adelaide Zoo, and the Wildlife Care Centre in Florida, USA.
After graduating Melanie continued to study, and worked in private practice as well as at Healesville Sanctuary where she gained experience with wildlife care, rehabilitation and release. In 2010 she graduated with a Masters degree in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, part of which was complet...read more.