Help us protect wildlife, tiny and tall


Wednesday, 16 November 2022


Doors open 6pm. Event 6.30pm – 8pm


Leopard Lodge, Melbourne Zoo. Enter at Rail Gate. 

Zoos Victoria has been caring for animals for 160 years. From our iconic Asian Elephants to the tiniest Spotted Tree Frogs, we continue to prioritise the conservation of wildlife– whether they are tiny or tall.

Join us at this special event to hear about some of the amazing ways we are achieving this, and how you can help. 

Hosted by Dr Sally Sherwen, Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science, enjoy exclusive keynote speeches by our experts. Hear from: 

  • Erin Gardiner, Life Sciences Manager – Trail of the Elephant Precinct, speaking on Melbourne Zoo's elephants
  • Adam Lee, Amphibian Specialist and Amphibian Bushfire Recovery Programs, speaking on frogs
  • Dr Jenny Gray, Zoos Victoria CEO

The night will commence with the speaker panel, with questions from the audience to follow, and conclude with informal networking. 

Can't make the event? You can join us online by registering below.  

About the speakers

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Dr Sally Sherwen
Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science, Zoos Victoria

Dr Sally Sherwen is the Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science at Zoos Victoria. Sally leads a dynamic team of scientists and specialists that develop and deliver strategic programs in conservation, animal welfare, education and environmental sustainability.

Sally has a PhD in Animal Welfare Science and in previous roles has established an evidence-based research program in animal behaviour and welfare science, developed and implemented an institutional welfare assessment tool to advance welfare standards and designed and ran collaborative training courses with several NGOs for industry professionals and community groups.

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Erin Gardiner
Life Science Manager, Melbourne Zoo Trail of the Elephant Precinct, Zoos Victoria

Erin has 19 years of experience working at zoological institutions. She began her career at Auckland Zoo before joining the team at Zoos Victoria in 2007. For the last 16 years she has specialised with elephants, having the opportunity to support multiple elephant births, including Mali the first calf born at Zoos Victoria and second elephant calf born in Australia.

Erin has overseen the recent acquisition of Luk Chai from Taronga Western Plains Zoo and his breeding interactions to successfully mate with Melbourne Zoo’s three females. Erin’s next focus will be the safe delivery of our three calves and the coordination of the herds historic move to Werribee Open Range Zoo.

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Adam Lee
Specialist Keeper, Amphibian Bushfire Recovery Programs, Zoos Victoria

Adam has over 11 years of experience at Zoos Victoria across various roles including Senior Herpetofauna Keeper, Threatened Species Support Officer and Bushfire Response Coordinator during the 2020 Black Summer bushfires. His wide-ranging experience includes captive husbandry, recovery programs, fieldwork, animal welfare, emergency response and research.

Adam led the project development of the newly constructed Amphibian Bushfire Recovery Centre and is leading the establishment of bushfire affected frog species at Melbourne Zoo, including Spotted Tree Frogs and the wild collection of the endangered Southern Giant Burrowing Frog tadpoles.

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Dr Jenny Gray
CEO, Zoos Victoria

Jenny Gray is the Chief Executive Officer at Zoos Victoria. She has a background in Transportation, Engineering, and Ethics, a combination which provides a unique set of skills to tackle the challenges of transforming the four zoos that comprise Zoos Victoria.

Jenny has Masters Degrees in Ethics, Engineering, and Business Administration. In 2015 Jenny was awarded a PhD in Ethics from Melbourne University.

Over the past 10 years, Jenny has lead the transformation of Zoos Victoria into a Zoo-Based Conservation Organisation. Zoos Victoria has developed a model for the unique way that zoos are able to contribute to conservation in and through their zoo operations, by holding and breeding endangered animals, supporting field projects and, most importantly, engaging visitors in measurable and meaningful conservation actions.

Zoos Victoria is working to prioritise the conservation of all wildlife – whether they are tiny or tall.