International Women's Day 2019
"Better the Balance, Better the World"
with Terri & Bindi Irwin and members of the Black Mamba anti-poaching unit.
Terri Raines was born in Eugene, Oregon, USA on 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 20, 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 cougars, bears and bobcats. It was not long before she was caring for more than 300 animals each year.
During a holiday to Australia, Terri visited the 'Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park'. She was captivated by the enthusiastic man in the khakis, talking so passionately about crocodiles. Terri introduced herself, realising they both had in common their passion for wildlife and conservation. This chance encounter would change their lives forever!
Steve and Terri married on 4 June 1992. The wedding was a huge occasion, with all of Terri's friends, family and colleagues realising they would be saying goodbye as she started her life in Australia with Steve. Terri and Steve immediately began their life together with wildlife documentary filming, an amazing zoo, and later two incredible children, along with a stack of adventures.
Steve and Terri's wildlife documentaries brought Australia Zoo to the world stage, attracting visitors from across the world to the Sunshine Coast. While Terri lost her soulmate Steve, she continues to be a passionate wildlife spokesperson and conservation icon. She actively speaks out and supports conservation issues around the world. Terri is determined to dedicate the rest of her life to wildlife and conservation, fulfilling Steve's legacy with the support of Bindi and Robert.
Dr Rosie grew up in Toowoomba, Queensland, surrounded by nature and animals. She enrolled in Veterinary Science at the age of 16. Following graduation and five years in mixed practice, Rosie undertook a Master's Degree studying the koala adrenal gland and its role in koala stress syndrome. During her post-graduate studies, she was offered a position as the first full time Veterinarian at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with a population of 80 koalas. That position led to an offer of employment with the Zoological Board of Victoria which allowed Rosie the opportunity to participate in a number of Zoo breeding programs for threatened species.
In 1995, Rosie represented the Australian Association of Veterinary Conservation Biologists and AusAID by providing training to Nepalese Veterinarians on wildlife management. From 2004 to 2011 Rosie worked as the coordinator of zoo breeding of threatened species for the Queensland government. During this time, she was able to manage the re-introduction of 172 individuals of six species.
Rosie has continued her commitment to conservation, research and wildlife rehabilitation by taking up the position of Director of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Under Rosie's leadership, the hospital will continue to contribute to research with direct conservation outcomes and promote a harmonious co-existence between humans and wild animals which share our planet.