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Louise Ginman with one of the tiger cubs

Louise has been working as a keeper at Taronga Zoo for 18 years. She began in 1994 in the Zoo’s then Discovery Farm exhibit working with domestic animals including pigs and sheep. After three months she transferred to Carnivores and now is the Unit’s Supervisor.

Louise has been passionate about animals as long as she can remember, surrounding herself with pets of all kinds. After travelling for two years, Louise began working in a Veterinary Hospital learning on the job as much as she could for four years, before applying for the role as keeper at Taronga.

The best part of Louise’s job is being able to work with a large variety of incredible animals – from the impressive Sumatran Tigers and Kodiak Bears, to the lesser known tiny Fennec Fox and Dholes.

The wildest moment of Louise’s career can’t be narrowed down to one single experience. Any day when a baby is born is special for keepers – especially when the breeding success has been a culmination of years of planning, months or years of careful introductions, weeks of preparation and setting up for the birth.

“One of my career highlights was definitely hand-rearing three African lion cubs, one of which still lives at Taronga – our dominant male ‘Bruiser’. This was my first hand-rearing experience with big cats and it was amazing playing mum to such a majestic animal.  Those opportunities don’t come along often, but does make my job very special.”