Perth Zoo has appointed a new Executive Director, Wendy Attenborough.
Ms Attenborough was appointed to lead the daily operations of the Zoo, reporting through to the Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction (DBCA), Mr Mark Webb and the Zoological Parks Authority (ZPA) Board.
Wendy comes to the Zoo after more than ten years as an executive in the Western Australia Public Service. She brings a wealth of experience to the organisation having worked on a range of significant policy issues in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and represented the State Government in a range of cross jurisdictional negotiations.
Prior to joining the public sector, Wendy worked for a non-government organisation in the Kimberley for almost ten years, working with Aboriginal people on land related issues. She started her professional life as a journalist and producer with ABC Radio, working in WA, Victoria and the NT.
Much of Wendy’s childhood was spent in the Pilbara, sparking a love of the natural environment.
“I am delighted to be joining the Perth Zoo family,” said Wendy. “Having spent my childhood in regional areas, it wasn’t until I moved to the city that I realised the importance of zoos in introducing people to wildlife.”
“I have a once in a lifetime opportunity to help guide an organisation that is world renowned for its efforts to save native wildlife and a much loved community icon in Perth.”
“I am fortunate to be joining Perth Zoo at a very exciting time in their history.”
“This year Perth Zoo turns 120 years old, and as we reflect on past achievements we’re also busily looking at what the future has in store. This includes working on future zoo design ideas to ensure we remain at the top of our field, from both an animal welfare and visitor expectation perspective.”
“The recent amalgamation of Perth Zoo into the DBCA, alongside our colleagues at Parks and Wildlife, Rottnest Island Authority and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority also offers us unique opportunities to share our skills in conservation science, community education and help enhance the awareness of WA’s stunning natural attractions as key tourism assets.”
Wendy was appointed in May and attended the ZAA Conference in Wellington. With Perth Zoo holding a seat on the Board as a high contributing member, Wendy will be taking on this Board position moving forward. ZAA would like to thank Maria Finnigan for acting in this role until the Executive Director role was filled.