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Jessica Koleck
Jessica Koleck
Sanctuary
BowraSanctuariesBrooklynPiccaninny PlainsCurramoreMount Zero-TaravalePungalina-Seven Emu
Position
Wildlife Ecologist
Special skills / qualifications
Degrees in biology and anthropology, and a life-long love of animals!
What did you do before AWC?
In my previous position at WWF-Australia, you would often find me scaling cliffs in the Kimberley searching for rock-wallabies, on a boat along the coast spotting snubfin dolphins, or hiking across the Wet Tropics in Queensland finding bettongs. I’ve been involved in a wide-range of other conservation projects including work with sea turtles, seagrass and shorebirds.

Before that, I was a zookeeper, looking after (and loving) all types of Australian fauna, from crocodiles to potoroos to barking owls.
Favourite animal protected by AWC
I love them all! But if I had to pick, northern bettongs, numbats and northern quolls.
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
The secret waterholes one only finds by trekking long distances off the beaten track.
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
Aye-aye, tapir and narwhal!
If you could visit any three places on the planet
Exploring the fjords in Norway, weaving though the spiny forests on Madagascar, and spotting wildlife in the Pantanal
Other interesting stuff
“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.” –Steve Irwin