Brooke Squires has worked in zoos, national parks and conservation areas around the world. These days, she divides her time between her beloved rhinos at Werribee Open Range Zoo, Victoria, where she is a rhino keeper, and the International Conservation Partnerships for Zoos Victoria.
Brooke’s enduring passion for the wildlife and people of Africa began as a child growing up in South Africa. Her love of the African bush drives her back regularly to work in places such as South Africa’s Kruger National Park in game capture and with gorillas and communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also spends much of her time working alongside local communities in finding ways to conserve the precious wildlife of Africa for future generations.
For the past five years, Brooke was privileged to work in northern Kenya with community-led conservation groups, such as the Melako Community Conservancy and the Il Ngwesi Conservancy. Each conservancy focuses its conservation and development efforts on a unique suite of wildlife species and plants. It was here that Brooke and members of the conservancies were inspired to form RAW Africa Ecotours in partnership with Raw Wildlife Encounters.
“You will never forget your first journey to northern Kenya where nature is truly wild and untouched… and the people, their resilience, their fight to save their incredible way of life and their wildlife. The mountains, the open plains and the absolute wildness of the north will leave you breathless and touch the deepest parts of your soul. I’d love to take you there.”
Brooke holds a BSc in Zoology and a Masters in international Community Development.