Habitat’s new snake charmer
“I’m trying to get my head around the overall job, in terms of marketing, the restaurant side and overseeA FAN of everything furry, feathing the wildlife side,” he said. ered and scaled, Darren Smith is the new general manager for Port “Making sure we meet all the Douglas’s Wildlife Habitat. legislative regulations in terms of
health and safety and maintaining Only two weeks into the job and our advanced eco-accreditations - Mr Smith is already familiar with everything from the upkeep of the working with native animals after place to making sure the welfare of having lived in the rainforest for the wildlife is spot on. five years.
“It’s a pretty unique job and that’s “I’m a banker originally, I spent why I’m here with experience in 15 years with a bank in Melbourne, resorts, accommodation and wildran a motel in Swan Hill, Victoria,
Pucker up: Darren Smith, new manager life tours, of the it’s Wildlife all about Habitat nature and before travelling around Australia ata Port Douglas aims to to get a firm grip on wildlife, the tourism it ties market. in.” Pic. Neil
for six-months with my family,” he Weaversw C0138877 The goal of the new general said. manager is to further improve the
“We landed in Cape Tribulation product with the immersion exhiband ran the Heritage Lodge in the its, where people can come in and rainforest for five years, where I’ve get close with the animals. had cassowaries in my back yard, “It’s about giving people the best pythons in the bedroom and been experience and I want to build on bitten by a death adder. interactions with the animals, pull
“Since then I have been working ing away from the traditional zoo,” various jobs in Cairns and this job Mr Smith said. came up and it was right up my “It’s about getting up close with alley, I’ve always been a nature man the animals. I will be focusing on so I’m rapt to get this, my dream new products and new exhibits.” job.” One of the newest attractions is the
Mr Smith attributes the fact he new chicks from the Chestnut Rails, does not mind getting his hands a rare bird found in tropical raindirty as to why he got the job and is forests in Indonesia and Australia, now busy settling in and overseeing which can be found in a nest in the the running of the habitat. middle of the Habitat’s restaurant.
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Pucker up: Darren Smith, new manager of the Wildlife
Habitat at Port Douglas aims to to get a firm grip on
the tourism market.