Maria Finnigan joined the Perth Zoo team in December 2007. Ms Finnigan has extensive experience in ex-situ and in‑situ management of fauna, and was a curator at Auckland Zoo and Life Sciences Manager at Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales before moving to Perth. Her field experience includes several years in Africa with the Serengeti Lion Project, the Tanzanian Wildlife Department and the Jane Goodall Institute working on the establishment of chimpanzee sanctuaries. As Life Sciences Director at Perth Zoo, Ms Finnigan was responsible for the Australian fauna, exotic fauna and linked conservation priorities. As of July 1 2017 Ms Finnigan was appointed Acting Executive Director of Perth Zoo. Ms Finnigan has also contributed to the work of the Zoo and Aquarium Association as the Australasian Species Management Program Coordinator for chimpanzees, a member of the Australasian Species Management Program Committee, and Accreditation and Animal Welfare Committee member.