Kevin has experience working in the zoo community since the early 1980s, in a variety of roles, beginning as a keeper in the veterinary department at Melbourne Zoo. Four years later he moved to the Native Mammal department at the zoo, and then in 1989, took on the role of computerizing the zoo’s paper animal records system. He was also Editor of the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping’s journal thylacinus from 1989-1994.
From 1993-2010 Kevin worked at the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) office in Sydney, Australia, and was on full-time secondment to the Amphibian Ark from 2007-2010. Kevin’s role in ZAA included providing training and user support for the animal records programs distributed by the International Species Information System (ISIS) to users throughout Australasia. He was previously Chair of the International Animal Data Information Systems Committee and was also Chair of ZAA’s Animal Records Keeping Specialist Group for a number of years. Kevin was heavily involved in the development of the next generation of ISIS software, ZIMS (the Zoological Information Management System) during the first five years of this project. He was also responsible for editing and producing ZAA’s bi-monthly newsletter, and maintaining the association’s web site.
Kevin works full-time for Amphibian Ark, managing communications and amphibian Conservation Needs Assessments, and is based on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
A response to “How can zoos and aquariums foster cultures of care and conservation?”
- Amphibian Ark
Learn more about Kevin Johnson’s work with the Amphibian Ark.