Pride of Workmanship Awards Winner Series
Amanda Brown – Excellent in Workmanship
News source: Glasshouse Country News, Wednesday 7 June 2006
Amanda, 29, has a job most people would envy. She's Head Mammal Keeper at Australia Zoo. Amanda has just won the Rotary International 2006 Pride of Workmanship Award for Excellence in Workmanship.
Amanda is responsible for native mammals. Of all the animals in her care, Amanda has two favourite, Tasmanian Devils Jinki and Tula . “I hand-raised them and they think I'm their devil mum,” she says with a grin. Amanda believes Tasmanian Devil are misunderstood. “They have a reputation for being aggressive. They put on a bluff display of growling and screaming – their little ears get red like devil horns – but they're really timid and shy,” she said.
Amanda has been working at Australia Zoo for four years. She started out volunteering while studying wildlife biology at university. Her hard work and dedication didn't go unnoticed. Before long Amanda was offered a paid position, and then promoted.
“I love my work. I look forward to going to work each day,” she said. Amanda says all the staff in the Mammals Department shares her passion. “The animals are very bonded with us. They want our attention, and give us lots of love – a lot of other species don't do that.”
Amanda has a point. It's hard to cuddle a crocodile, but then perhaps her boss would disagree!