He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.
Our incredibly dedicated wildlife team devote their life to helping save our native wildlife, and to help to inspire our visitors to make a difference in New Zealand and in their own communities. Their enthusiasm and passion is infectious, and we cannot thank them enough for their hard mahi (work).
There are many facets that keep this park running, and our wildlife staff are a key portion of it! They offer experience from wildlife parks around the world and many have come to NZ to work in conservation with such a variety of rare and wonderful wildlife.
Read more about them below!
Al joined our team in May 2017, having previously volunteered at the park for 6 months and impressing all of our staff with his work ethic. Al is originally from the UK and he brings a wealth of experience as he has worked in conservation in Africa, China and Europe. He did a Masters degree in biological imaging and we use many of his incredible photos for our signage and social media.
Chrissy joined our team in October 2015. She returned to the UK to complete a Masters in wildlife conservation and thesis on Kea our beautiful Alpine Parrot, proving that her heart never left NZ! Chrissy has spent time volunteering in the UK, South Africa & Cuba. We were very happy when she returned to work at the park in February 2018. Chrissy has been heavily involved with our kea conservation work including our rehabilitation work with injured kea!
David moved to Queenstown in August 2017. He is a keen outdoors-man and on many occasions goes for long hikes, runs and cycles after doing a hard day’s work at the park! David has done a huge range of bush-craft and outdoor adventure courses and is a keen botanist and teacher. David is happiest when doing talks to big groups of visitors and he really excels at it!
Johanna began as a volunteer here at the park, but with her extensive background in Zoology and conservation studies we realized we needed her on our team! Originally from Germany, she graduated from Ruhr-Universität Bochum with a biology degree focusing on zoology and biodiversity. She's passionate about conservation and wildlife and has spent time in Kenya and the Galapagos Islands to learn about the biodiversity, ecology and nature conservation there!
Lisa is a Kiwi who joined our team in May and we're very excited to have her! She graduated from University of Otago with Bachelor's degree in zoology and genetics and a Master's degree in conservation genetics studying New Zealand native frogs! She's very excited to be aiding breeding programs of so many of New Zealand's endangered species here at the park. In her spare time she's a big hunter, fisher, and snowboarder which is what brought her to central Otago in the first place!