Healesville Sanctuary Education Team

Meet the team leading conservation education at Healesville Sanctuary.

Antwone Atkins


My upbringing involved the notion all is connected. All that live on this land have dominion, neither superior nor inferior.

While obtaining my two degrees from Monash University this notion grew stronger and more specific towards education and preservation. In a previous life, I worked with youth, which involved connecting young people to themselves and the environment. These experiences aid my work as an Education Officer as I link students to nature, its inhabitants and Indigenous culture through the lens of conservation. I love my role at Healesville Sanctuary and contributing towards solutions in this space.

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.