Elaine Bensted – Caring for 3,000 animals in surreal times

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Elaine Bensted

Today we are joined by EB, Elaine Bensted, the Chief Executive of Zoos SA, including Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.

We hear about EB’s childhood growing up loving animals, then having a successful corporate career and passion for education, with her role prior joining Zoos SA, the CEO of TAFE SA. EB discusses finding joy in the chaos, and how a complex like Zoos SA, with its 3,000 animals needing care irrespective of visitors, adjusts, makes some hard decisions, and positions itself for short term survival and long term success.

Elaine is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Membership and Ethics Committee and sits on the writing committee for the WAZA Sustainability Strategy.

Elaine was elected as Vice-President of ZAA in December 2018 and also chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. In her role on the ZAA Board, Elaine aims to strengthen our relationships and representation of members and ensure the association is helping improve the profile and standing of our industry.

Find Elaine via LinkedIn!

More about Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park here or watch some KeeperTalks on Facebook Adelaide Zoo / Monarto Safari Park and YouTube.

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