Zoological Society of Auckland inc.
Board of Managers
Willow van As MSc; BA.BSc
I completed my BA.BSc (majoring in English and Biology) at The University of Auckland, and followed this by achieving an MSc (with distinction) in Behavioural Ecology at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. After returning to NZ I joined the Zoological Society of Auckland in February 2009, and found attending the seminars an extremely fascinating insight into current research and events related to the broad field of zoology. I am passionate about all creatures, from the tiniest of insects to the largest of whales, and my brood at home consists of three little people, one large great dane, and a frog. After serving as Vice President of the Zoological Society of Auckland for two years, in April 2014 I was appointed President of the Society, and look forward to the challenges this role will bring and seeing the direction that the Society will takeover the coming years. In my spare time I am also known as The Bone Lady, educating children about anatomy, zoology and conservation using animal bones and skeletons.
Lorne is passionate about ensuring best practice standards in zoos and about the positive effects zoos can have on public education, social attitudes and ultimately conservation. His research has included salivary cortisol testing in sealions and he has supervised student projects on zoo animals including servals, meerkats, golden cats and cheetah. Lorne co-founded the Kea Conservation Trust in 2006, and has since climbed up and down the mountains in the South Island researching kea populations. He is involved with an advocacy programme that tours the South Island in order to educate the human inhabitants about the demise of this unique endemic mountain parrot. He has spoken at zoo conferences in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand as well as at educational conferences.
I'm from Sweden, and came to NZ in 2009 with my husband who had got a job here. We were going to stay a few years, but we are still here, enjoying kiwi lifestyle although we visit Sweden every year. I'm a consumer insight specialist and marketing researcher by profession, but since coming to NZ I'm instead enjoying volunteering and short temp opportunities in various areas and I'm President of the Swedish Association in Auckland. I have a great love of all animals and the great outdoors which is a big part of our lives. Since coming to NZ we have adopted Jackson, a mischievous rescue cat.