Sarah has always had a passion for wildlife. Even at a young age, she remembers dreaming of the day she would follow in Dianne Fossey’s footsteps to help save the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas of eastern Africa. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours, majoring in Zoology at the University of Melbourne she decided to explore and travel the world before settling into her chosen career.
Sarah gained extensive professional experience in both the Government and private sectors in Victoria and New South Wales, undertaking ecological monitoring, detailed flora and fauna survey and later focussing on waterway, wetland and floodplain management. Sarah has always had a love for environmental education and after the birth of their second son, she developed the foundations for EnviroEDU creating unique and hands-on programs focussed on local environmental topics and issues.
Since 2013, Sarah has gained exceptional experience in the delivery of unique, hands-on environmental programs and continues to keep these programs, fresh, vibrant and relevant to the ongoing and ever evolving environmental issues we face today. She has also been extremely fortunate to work in collaboration with key government agencies to produce four environmental children’s activity books for our younger generation to enjoy. She recently partnered with David Sickerdick Photography to create a number of environmental films to further promote environmental education remotely.
The EnviroEDU family includes a large array of wildlife ‘conservation ambassadors’ that help to raise awareness for their individual species within Australia. Sarah feels truly blessed to be able to work with these amazing animals every day.
Sarah is passionate about travel and the outdoors and has been extremely fortunate to visit and work at some of the world’s iconic wildlife destinations and witness some amazing wildlife spectacles with highlights including the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, KwaZulu Natal Wildlife in South Africa and Nairobi Animal Orphanage in Kenya. Sarah is devoted to conservation management and educating children and the broader community on the wonders and beauty of our local environment and world around us.
Alex’s love for reptiles started at a very early age, having an obsession with dinosaurs! With an inquisitive mind, this soon graduated to an interest and love for all things reptile and much to his parent’s dismay, their backyard was soon home to many blue-tongue lizards and turtles.
Alex completed his Bachelor of Science degree with Honours, majoring in Zoology at LaTrobe University, and has since worked professionally in the zoological field undertaking environmental impact assessment, ecological monitoring, threatened species management and baseline fauna survey in tropical, arid and temperate habitats. Alex’s experience extends internationally to involvement in conservation projects with the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands and with KwaZulu Natal Wildlife in South Africa.
Alex’s love and passion for herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians) continued to grow at both a professional and amateur capacity. He prides himself as ‘head reptile keeper’ at EnviroEDU and is involved in the captive breeding of a number of threatened Australian reptile species including the critically endangered Eastern Hooded Scalyfoot, Eastern Bearded Dragon, Murray Darling and Gammon Ranges Carpet Pythons. He hopes to also be successful in breeding a number of highly threatened frog and turtle species in the future.
His passion for the great outdoors, camping, bird/mammal/reptile watching, sport and wildlife photography is readily being shared with his two boys who he would love one day to take back to Africa.