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Horticulture Specialist Advisory Group

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Convenor: Richard Rowe, Melbourne Zoo

The Horticulture and Operations Specialist Group was initiated in April 1994 at the Darwin ARAZPA/ASZK Conference. The inaugural meeting was held at the Perth ARAZPA/ASZK Conference in 1995.

The initial aims of the group are to:

  • Provide a central point of coordination and communication of relevant issues for horticulturists working in zoos and aquaria. Issues include:
    • plant inventories and computerised records
    • current landscape developments
    • simulated habitat design techniques
    • natural area management programs and developments
    • horticulture and visitor education
    • horticulture and the visitor experience
    • developments in animal food production/browse/behavioural enrichment
    • water systems, filtration, recirculation and applications
    • staff development opportunities
  • Maximise the effective contribution of horticulture to zoos and aquaria.
  • Provide quarterly updates in the ARAZPA newsletter on current projects and horticultural issues.
  • Meet on a biannual basis. Annual ARAZPA Conference and six month later at one of the participating zoos or aquaria
  • Establish a database of all interested horticulturists in zoos and aquaria in the region.
  • Identify and share major areas of interest and concern regarding horticulture in zoos and aquaria.
  • Establish a means of streamlining exchange of information between member institutions.

The members of this group play an active and vital role in the presentation of our properties and contribute significantly to achieving our organisation's mission and vision statements.

Useful Horticulture Links

Association of Zoological Horticulture ( dedicated to the advancement of zoo horticulture in zoological parks, gardens and aquariums.

Australian Network for Plant Conservation (

Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture ( This excellent site has links to a huge range of other horticulture related sites.

The directory of Australian Botanic Gardens (

Weeds Australia (


Membership Eligibility: Membership to the Horticulture Specialist Advisory Group is open to Full Individual ARAZPA members and people working in zoos and aquariums.


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