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Prevention of Shark Attacks

While a shark attack is unlikely, a few sensible tips – such as swimming at Life Saver patrolled beaches and avoiding taking a dip at night - can make swimming even safer.

John West (Dip Aqua, PSM)

Manager, Life Sciences Operations. John West is currently the Manager of Life Sciences Operations at Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos. He is the Curator of the Australian Shark Attack File.

Larry Vogelnest (BVSc (Hons), MVS, MACVS, PSM)

Senior Veterinarian. Dr Vogelnest has participated in and advised on both in situ and ex situ components of numerous conservation projects. He specialises in the health and reproductive management of small populations.

Kimberly Vinette Herrin (MS, DVM)

Veterinary Officer. Kimberly came to Taronga Zoo after gaining over eight years of zoo medicine experience as a veterinarian at Gladys Porter Zoo in the South of Texas and Ocean Park aquarium in Hong Kong.

Rebecca Spindler (BSc (Hons), PhD)

Manager, Research and Conservation. In April of 2007, Rebecca joined the team at the Taronga Zoo as Manager of Research and Conservation Programs focusing the research of Zoo scientists on wildlife ecology, behaviour, reproduction and health.

David Slip (BSc, MSc, PhD)

Research Biologist, Marine Biology. In June 2008 he joined Taronga as a research biologist of marine mammals. His research interests include foraging ecology, population dynamics, diving physiology, energetics.

Karrie Rose (DVM, DVSc)

Pathologist Veterinary Registrar. Karrie became interested in working with wildlife while conducting field research and population studies with Ferruginous Hawks and Burrowing Owls during university summer breaks.

Michael McFadden - BSc (Hons)

Unit Supervisor - Herpetofauna. Michael began working at Taronga Zoo in January 2003, soon after completing his honours degree on endogenous seasonal cycles in the endangered Regent Honeyeater.

Frances Hulst (BVSc(Hons) MVS)

Veterinary Officer. Frances Hulst graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1983. She worked for a number of years, both in Australia and the UK.

Robert Johnson (BVSc, MACVSc, CertZooMed, BA)

Collaborator – Veterinary Medicine. Robert is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Feline Medicine) and holds a Certificate in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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