Animal Collection Coordinator
Liz Romer has been involved in the zoo industry since 1982 after completing a BSc at Macquarie University. She initially worked at Waratah Park as a keeper then moved onto Taronga Zoo where she was eventually Manager of the bird department. She then moved to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as Curator during which time she was a Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) Convenor for birds as well as being involved as a species coordinator and on various other TAG’s. She facilitated many transactions of animals both in Australia and overseas during that time. She was also President of ASZK (Australasian Society of Zookeeping) and a board member of the now ZAA (ARAZPA).
After moving back to Sydney, she worked part time for NPWS and the Australian Reptile Park and again facilitated a number of overseas imports and exports of animals. When Wonderland closed, she rehomed the entire collection of animals around Australia and overseas. She then worked for the Australian Museum on a two-year contract before assisting with some project work for Sydney Wildlife World and the Aquarium before moving into Local Government.
During this whole time, she continued to work for the ASZK part-time producing the society’s journal quarterly and organizing the annual conferences. She is the current President of the International Congress of Zookeeping having been on the committee since 2004 and has organized congresses in Australia (2006), Singapore (2012), Germany (2015) and in the process of one in Argentina (2018). Liz has also worked on the committees for minimum standards for keeping animals in captivity in Queensland and NSW.