Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria

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The ASMP Committee monitors and directs the activities of the Australasian Species Management Program, reporting to, and implementing directives from the ARAZPA Board of Management. Responsibilities of the committee extend across all areas of policy, administration, reporting and publication relating to species programs and collection planning. The committee comprises six members, including a chairperson. Committee members are appointed by the ARAZPA Board of Management for a three-year period. Each member must be able to bring to the ASMP Committee some combination of the following:

  • directorial experience

  • curatorial experience

  • species management and/or collection planning experience

  • knowledge of the international zoo community

  • understanding of wildlife agency issues

Meet the current members of the ASMP Committee below. [Last updated April 2006]

Paul Andrew
Taronga Zoo

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.

Suzy Barlow
Zoos Victoria

uzy brings to the ASMP Committee a wealth of zoo experience, starting as a keeper at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey, UK, in the mid 1980s, during which time she participated in a a number of international fieldwork projects. She subsequently moved to the Australasian region in the early 1990s, when she took the role of Manager, Curatorial Services at Auckland Zoo. She has worked at a number of regional zoos predominantly in a Species Management/Curatorial role and has held ASMP Species Co-ordinator roles for many native and exotic species.

She has also been involved in a number of national and state recovery teams, and co-ordinated the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby reintroduction project for Adelaide Zoo in the late 1990s. Suzy's background in graphic design has also been heavily utilised during her zoo career, with considerable input into interpretative projects at several zoos.

Currently Suzy is Co-ordinator, Animal Collections Development, in the newly formed Department of Wildlife Conservation and Science at Zoos Victoria. Based at Melbourne Zoo she is accountable for setting strategic direction for the development of the animal collections across ZV's three campuses.

Chris Banks
Zoos Victoria
Chris has worked in zoos since 1969, mostly at Melbourne, but also at London & Bristol in the UK, Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, USA, and at Healesville Sanctuary. During this time he has filled various positions, ranging from keeper to Acting Director. He is currently Coordinator of conservation Partnerships in the Wildlife Conservation & Science Department.

Although Chris has worked with and managed a range of mammals and bird groups, his primary interests are reptiles and amphibians. This long-term interest resulted in him convening the Reptile & Amphibian TAG for 11 years, as well as filling a number of TAG roles as Species Coordinator, etc.

Chris has a strong interest in wildlife conservation and has directed a lot of energy towards developing and maintaining zoo-linked conservation programs within Australia and overseas in south-east Asia. His current role is focused on maximising the conservation outcomes of the overseas programs supported by Zoos Victoria.

Stephen Standley
Hamilton Zoo
Stephen is a zoo director who reads and understands TAG Action Plans. He has been employed in zoos for over 27 years, much of it as keeper, curator and director in various British Zoos. In 1997 he became curator at Auckland Zoo and then director in 2000. He left Auckland Zoo in May 2003 and has since carried out various consultancy tasks for Australasian zoos as well as being acting executive officer for ARAZPA for over 3 months in 2004. He is now director at Hamilton Zoo.

Stephen has extensive experience in the management of breeding programmes, having held a number of studbook, coordinator and TAG positions in the UK as well as the position of EEP coordinator for black lemurs for a number of years. Within Australasia, he has been coordinator for Asiatic golden cat, TAG convenor for Perissodactyls & Proboscids  and was a member of the ASMP committee whilst at Auckland Zoo.

Leif Cocks
Perth Zoo

Leif has been working at Perth Zoo for more than 18 years, as a Keeper, Supervisor, Curator of Primates and since 2001 as Curator of Exotic Mammals. Other positions in Perth Zoo that Leif has held include Manager of Policy and Administration and Purchasing Officer. He entered the zoo with a Bachelor of Applied Science and through part-time study gained a Certificate III in Zoo Keeping, a Post Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources and a Masters of Science.

Other than his position on the ASMP Committee Leif is also the Artiodactyl TAG Convenor, the Primate TAG's Husbandry Advisor and the International Studbook Keeper and Species Coordinator for the Silvery Gibbon.

Outside of work Leif is the founder and President of the Australian Orangutan Project (AOP), Committee Member of the Australian Primate Society, a member of the Australian Committee for the UN's Great Ape Survival Program (GRASP) and an active member of the CBSG orangutan conservation workshops. However he spends most of his leave in Indonesia working on the AOP's orangutan conservation projects.

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Kevin Evans
Adelaide Zoo
Kevin, currently the Acting Director at Adelaide Zoo, has worked in several zoos and in a range of senior zoo positions. One of the regionís most experienced TAG convenors, he led the Australian Passerine TAG for several years and more recently the Primate TAG. Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the Committee which will be particularly useful as we move into the next phase.


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