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
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
Establish a means of streamlining
exchange of information between member institutions.
- plant inventories and
- current landscape
- simulated habitat design
- natural area management
programs and developments
- horticulture and visitor
- horticulture and the
- developments in animal
food production/browse/behavioural enrichment
- water systems, filtration,
recirculation and applications
- staff development
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
Zoological Horticulture (www.azh.org) dedicated to the
advancement of zoo horticulture in zoological parks, gardens
Australian Network for Plant Conservation (www.anbg.gov.au/anpc)
Zealand Institute of Horticulture (www.rnzih.org.nz) This
excellent site has links to a huge range of other horticulture
The directory of Australian Botanic Gardens (www.anbg.gov.au/chabg/bg-dir)
Eligibility: Membership to the
Horticulture Specialist Advisory Group is open to
Full Individual ARAZPA members and people
working in zoos and aquariums.