Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria

ARAZPA Board of Management

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The ARAZPA Board of Management is made-up of 9 individuals, including a President and Vice President. They are all elected for a 2 year term at the Annual General Meeting, except for 3 positions which are appointed representatives (ASMP representative, QLD Branch representative and NZ Branch representative). All standing Board members must be individual members of ARAZPA, as well as employed by a Full Institutional ARAZPA member.

Meet the ARAZPA Board below. (Last updated April 2006)


President, Trevor Long
Sea World
Board Portfolios: Finance, and Institutional Membership, and Wildlife Conservation Fund.
Trevor Long commenced working at Sea World as a diver in 1973 and was
involved in the collection of many of our animals at Sea World. Today, Trevor leads the divers, aquarists, life support, education, curatorial unit, Polar bear and marine mammal staff in Sea World's dynamic role in fostering care and understanding for marine animals. 

Trevor is a Member of the Board of Trustees, and Liaison Officer for the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organisation which funds scientific projects contributing knowledge needed for the ongoing protection and preservation of the marine environment. Trevor heads up the Sea World rescue team which collaborates with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, in the rescue of stranded and entrapped marine animals. Trevor is heavily involved is outside organisations, holding the position of President of the Queensland Wildlife Parks Association for six years, and now Vice-President - Australia, of ARAZPA.


Vice President (Acting), Susan Hunt
Perth Zoo
Board Portfolio: Institutional Membership
Susan has a background in policy, planning and conservation strategy, having worked in State Government positions and in ministerial advisory roles for more than 15 years.  Prior to working in Government, Susan worked as a researcher, tutor and lecturer at university level.

In 2000, Susan was appointed as the Director of Business at Perth Zoo.   This broad position is responsible for Zoo education, visitor services, marketing, events, facilities and environmental management, policy and administration, finance, human resources, fundraising and sponsorships.  Currently, Susan is the Chief Executive Officer of Perth Zoo.

Her goal in representation as an ARAZPA Institutional member is to build partnerships across Australasian zoos and aquaria to enhance tangible conservation outcomes.  This is particularly through sharing management improvements; linking more effectively to in-situ conservation efforts and through education initiatives.


Paul Andrew
Taronga Zoo

Paul Andrew has been a Board Member since 2005, representing the Australasian Species Management Program (ASMP) Committee as its Chair. This Committee generates captive species management recommendations and collection planning recommendations for ARAZPA.

Paul graduated from the University East Anglia [BSc Hons Ecology & Evolution] in 1977 and spent the next ten years birdwatching. He arrived in Australia after five years in Indonesia where he developed a particular interest in Indo-malayan birds. He is now Curator of Birds and Herpetofauna at Taronga Zoo and holds the position of Taxonomy Specialist for the ASMP.  Paul is the editor of Kukila, Bulletin of the Indonesian Ornithological Society, and a member of Birds Australia's Records Appraisal Committee and Taxonomic Committee.


Tony Billing
Westshore Wildlife Reserve
Board Portfolio: Institutional Membership & Accreditation, and Advocacy & Government Affairs.
Member of the ARAZPA Board since 1994. Director of the Kiwi Research and Captive Breeding Facility at Napier's Westshore Wildlife Reserve. In addition, Tony is also
employed as Reserves Manager for Napier City, (including its Botanical Garden) and Kiwi consultant to the New Zealand National Aquarium. 

Other roles include Technical Advisor to 'Project Kiwi', member of the National Kiwi Captive Management Advisory Committee and member of the ARAZPA Zoo Ethics Committee.

Tony brings to the Board, 32 years experience in Wildlife Management, including having worked with several endangered NZ species, such as Black Robin, Takahe and Kakapo. In addition, Tony has 22 years experience in the Zoo Industry, specialising primarily in Nocturnal displays. Tony has also aided in the production of several Television documentaries for organisations such as the BBC and NZ Natural History Film Unit.


 Erna Walraven
Taronga Zoo
Board Portfolio: Institutional Membership, Accreditation and the Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Erna Walraven has 18 years zoo experience, as a keeper, wildlife rehabilitation officer and currently as Senior Curator at Taronga Zoo.  Erna has held the position of Convenor of the ASMP Carnivore Advisory Group for the past four years, and represents her institution on a number of regional advisory groups.  Erna  represents the Zoological Parks Board of NSW on the Little Penguin Recovery team for the endangered population at Manly in Sydney and is on the National Parks and Wildlife Service Wildlife Advisory Panel.


Laura Mumaw
Zoos Victoria
Board Portfolios: Individual Membership representative

Laura has been closely involved with the development of ARAZPA since its beginning, having been the Association’s first President from 1990 through to 1992, and served on the original management committee through to 1996. Laura re-joined the ARAZPA Board in 2000, as it grappled with the important changes needed to enable the Association to meet its future challenges. In 2003 Laura again joined the ARAZPA Board.

Laura has over 25 years of zoos and aquarium experience initially as a curator at Seattle Aquarium, Taronga and Western Plains Zoo then as director of Auckland Zoo.  Since 2000 Laura has been the CEO of Zoos Victoria.  Internationally, Laura has represented the region throught the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria and is currently on the ISIS Board.


Glen Holland
Auckland Zoo

Board Portfolio: Individual Membership Representative

Glen Holland joins the ARAZPA Board as one of the Individual Member Representatives. Glen brings with him a wealth of experience in the management of animal collections, and of regional species management.

Glen has had almost 20 years experience working with wildlife conservation agencies, in areas such as law enforcement, advocacy, captive breeding of endangered species, and promotion of conservation on private land. He has previously managed several private animal parks and a captive-breeding centre for the Department of Conservation. After three years in the role Manager Life Sciences at Auckland Zoo, Glen was appointed the Zoo's Director in 2003.

Glen has held numerous positions within ARAZPA, having served on the ASMP Committee, co-chaired the New Zealand Fauna TAG and taken on the role of Species Coordinator for Golden Cats under the ASMP. Glen has also previously held a position on the New Zealand Captive Management Group (CMaG) committee, now formally constituted as the NZ Branch of ARAZPA.


Michael O'Brien
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Board Portfolio: ARAZPA Queensland Branch Representative 

Michael O'Brien joins the board as the ARAZPA Queensland Branch Representative.

Michael has been employed at Cairns Tropical Zoo for twenty years. He commenced as a keeper in the Reptile Department during which time he participated in the Reptile TAG and for the last six years has overseen the zoo collection and its development, including ARAZPA Full Institutional Membership.

Michael has been actively involved with the Queensland Wildlife Parks Association – now the ARAZPA Queensland Branch – in roles on the QSMP Committee, Standards Committee, and Management Committee and is currently President of the Queensland Branch. He is committed to ongoing industry improvement and as a result is enthusiastic about the implementation of Accreditation.



Lynn Anderson
Orana Wildlife Trust
Board Portfolios: ARAZPA New Zealand Branch Representative

Lynn is the Chief Executive of the Orana Wildlife Trust.  The Trust owns and operates Orana Wildlife Park, NZ’s only open range zoo specialising in endangered African and New Zealand native species, and Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House located in Cathedral Square, Christchurch.  This year she will celebrate her tenth year of employment at the Trust.

Lynn is currently in her third two year term as Chairperson of the New Zealand Conservation Management Group (the New Zealand Branch of ARAZPA), and has now joined the ARAZPA Board as the New Zealand Membership Representative. She is an active Member of the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA). Lynn also contributes to the business community and is currently on the Board of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (fourth one year term).  She is an Associate Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management and a Member (and previous Committee Member) of the Institute of Directors.  Lynn is also an Independent Professional Director on the Board of Target Pest Enterprises Limited, a company with branches throughout New Zealand.

Lynn offers an energetic approach, a strong “people” focus and her total commitment to helping ensure that the ARAZPA not only continues to meet the needs of its members, but explores new avenues of service delivery and excellence in our ever changing and fluid operating environment.

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