Born in Kenya to Welsh parents who have a passion for wildlife especially snakes in my father’s case. I came to Australia from the UK in 1980.
I have a strong agricultural background having spent most of my working life involved in agriculture of some sort.
Snakes Downunder was set up initially as a mobile reptile demonstration in 1999 and then it was transformed into a permanent onsite arena in 2001. In 2005 we started making plans to convert our mango and lychee orchard into a reptile park. After a lot of hard work and help from family and friends we received our adult estuarine crocs in June 2006 and opened Snakes Downunder Reptile Park in January 2007. We received our first kangaroos in 2011 and koalas in 2013. We’re now known as Snakes Downunder Reptile Park & Zoo. The zoo is still expanding slowly but surely.
I became the reptile representative for the QSMP in 2010 and a member of the ZAAQ management committee in 2011.
I’m thrilled to be a part of the zoo industry in Australasia. ZAA members strive to improve all the facets of the industry. The Animal Welfare Accreditation Program is a wonderful initiative. We’re on the right track but we must never become too comfortable with what we’re doing. As Trevor Long reminded the ZAAQ committee recently, “Our industry is coming under increased pressures with the anti-captivity sentiment that is promoted through social media. Animal activists are now experienced, well managed and have adopted some very clever strategies to achieve their aims.” We must continually review our industry standards.