Healesville Sanctuary Education Team

Meet the team leading conservation education at Healesville Sanctuary.

Miranda Wills


My love of wildlife and nature has taken me on many adventures including filming Tree Kangaroos in northern Queensland, researching Eastern Grey Kangaroos in Victoria and working with endangered Blackbuck in Nepal.

As a trained Zoologist, Wildlife Filmmaker and Environmental Educator, I have the honour of working with an exceptional and passionate team of Zoo Educators that help young people to connect to the awe and wonder of wildlife, nature and Aboriginal culture, inspiring them to discover solutions to care for our Natural World.

Jess Brown


Nature truly is my happy place. Growing up in Central Victoria, we had a huge garden on top of a hill. I’d climb high into the top branches of trees, feeling the trunk sway, daydreaming and gazing out over the valley.  

I was a kid free in nature and that gift has given me a sense of peace and comfort, a love of adventure and a commitment to conservation. I studied Nature Tourism (Outdoor Education), Literary Studies and Primary/Early Childhood teaching. I adore teaching at Zoos Victoria and hope to help other kids to grow up feeling deeply connected to nature.

Liam Birkett


My deep appreciation and interest in wildlife, started when I was a kid camping in nature and running around Melbourne Zoo, where both my parents worked as Zookeepers.

I hold a degree in Environmental Management, Diploma of Education and a Diploma of Conservation Land Management. My educational background and experiences have allowed me to develop a wide range of teaching skills from different teaching environments and has helped me to promote hope in future generations. I believe we can provide schools with a sense of community and united energy toward the importance of nature to life’s existence.

Peta Howard


I am a qualified teacher and zoologist and have been teaching outside the classroom and with wildlife for over 5 years.

I grew up on an Island surrounded by marine species and loving the ecosystem and environment they called home. Surrounded by the ocean and witnessing the loss of species and habitats firsthand, I decided I wanted to do something to protect it for the future by sharing my stories and educating the next generation.

Rebecca Gray


The magic of nature and wildlife is what inspired me to pursue a career in environmental education. My love for animals and the natural world began as a young child looking after numerous pets and going on regular nature walks with my family.

After completing a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education, I taught for ten years in primary schools and used my holidays to volunteer in conservation organisations around the world. My goal as an educator is to take students of all ages on an insightful adventure and help them fall in love with our world’s wildlife.