Perth Zoo - Kerry Pickles, Australian Fauna Zoo Keeper
“Every day I work with a range of species, expanding my knowledge and appreciation of wildlife thanks to the range of diverse duties I get to do every day at Perth Zoo. This could be observing western ground parrots to learn about these cryptic animals, helping build knowledge about them whilst creating optimal conditions to support breeding to help save them from extinction, through to undertaking exhibit refurbishments, landscaping projects, providing behavioural enrichment activities and developing husbandry documents.
Developing conditioning programs for the Komodo Dragon and Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo is a favourite aspect of my job, allowing animals increased choice and control to facilitate their own husbandry and veterinary requirements, which often results in increased positive experiences and welfare. I find it so rewarding when a training goal is achieved that prevents the need for a stressful animal and human interactions.
Working with a variety of animals I learn new skills and thrive on making a positive difference to the health and welfare of animals I look after. I'm also a qualified educator which is invaluable when speaking with visitors about the valuable role of zoos, conservation and the animals I’m passionate about. And I hope that each day, I help create memorable connections for visitors which spark a passion in children and adults to become advocates for wildlife.”
Kerry is a passionate and dedicated Technical Officer at Perth Zoo (Zoo Keeper). She is a standout staff member, who is committed to the animals in her care and exceeding animal welfare standards. Kerry also understands that creating connections between zoo guests and wildlife is fundamental to conservation success and can often be seen sharing her knowledge and talking with visitors, inspiring them to join us on our saving wildlife journey. She is a true wildlife advocate.