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Jessica McKelson

Raw Wildlife Encounters (RAW) founder and CEO, Jessica McKelson developed her leading edge eco-tourism model from spending six months in Sumatra, Indonesia after becoming the youngest Australian to be awarded the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) Fellowship in 2006, awarded by the Pratt Foundation. During these six month, Jessica was able to study and evaluate conservation programs, as well as work closely with leading conservationists.

Amy Robbins

Amy is head of Primates at Auckland Zoo and has worked with primates and a wide variety of other species for 17 years. She has travelled extensively, working with primates in Africa and Asia and has led Raw tours since 2013, making her the most experienced wildlife leader on the team!

Brooke Squires

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.

Carly Day

Carly has over 15 years experience working with animals. From beginning as a vet nurse then working as Lead Senior Keeper of Primates at Auckland Zoo. Carly is hugely passionate about the welfare and conservation of all species and has worked the last 8 years with both zoo-born orangutans, rescued orangutans in Sumatra and is now heavily involved with conservation efforts.

Jenna Hollamby

Jenna Hollamby has been working within Adelaide zoo with native and exotic birds, reptiles, invertebrate and mammals for the last 7 years, as well as a year working on Hamilton Island working with native fauna.

Jenna has travelled to Indonesia twice in the last two years to volunteer within an orangutan Quarantine Station with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). Having a big interest in primates, Jenna first volunteer trip to Sumatra in 2015 was life changing and since then she has been involved in the Earth 4 Orangutan volunteer group..

Lauren Booth

Lauren is head of carnivores at Auckland Zoo where she has developed a deep passion for conservation.
She has traveled extensively overseas for conservation based work including to Taplejung, Nepal with Red Panda Network and also to Cheetah Outreach in South Africa.

Lucy Catt

Lucy Catt is a Zoo Keeper at Adelaide Zoo working predominantly with bears and primates. Lucy has been working in the zoo industry for the past 8 years and has a background in ecology and evolutionary biology. She has a passion for travel and adventure, and a love of Asian culture, food, and wildlife.

Paul Bailey

Paul enjoys adventure travel and loves the more challenging treks! Working for Zoos South Australia highlighted the devastation of South East Asian habitat. This has led Paul to become active in various environmental organisations and advocate positive actions to prevent further damage. He is also a life member of Free the Bears and RSPCA, amongst others.

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