Stefanie Heinzel

  • Stefanie Heinzel

JOB: Keeper - Discovery & Learning, Auckland Zoo

QUALIFICATION: Certificate in Animal Management (Captive Wild Animals)

"The programme’s mixture of block courses, home assignments and practical experience allowed me to arrange my studies around my daily life as a young mum. The practical work experience component, which I completed at Auckland Zoo, gave me valuable first-hand experience and eventually helped me find a job as a zookeeper. The training I received gave me a strong understanding of the captive wild animal industry and equipped me with all the basics of keeping animals and caring for them.

I’m now working with wild animals on a daily basis, which means I am able to actively contribute to animal conservation projects. One of the highlights was being part of a North Island brown kiwi chick release on Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. It's also great being involved with educating the wider public about the husbandry needs for all sorts of animals."