There’s more to love about reptiles than you might think, just ask Perth Zoo reptile keeper, Tyler Mackay. 

The scaly, slithery and fanged animals might not be everyone’s favourite, but there’s plenty to appreciate about reptiles!

We are proud to employ passionate people, like zookeeper Tyler, who genuinely love the animals they work with.  

In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who loves reptiles more! 

After a full workday caring for lizards, snakes, crocodiles and other scaly mates at Perth Zoo, this zookeeper’s time with reptiles is far from over. 

“I have more than 100 licensed reptiles at home, so after a day of work where I feed, clean and care for the reptiles here, I head home and pretty much do everything all over again,” Tyler said. 

Reptiles aren’t necessarily cute and cuddly, but they certainly have charm.

“People probably wouldn’t think it, but reptiles do have their own little personalities, and you can develop a bond with them,” Tyler said. 

“I became a zookeeper because I love all reptiles, but even I have my favourites. 

“At Perth Zoo we have a Boa Constrictor named Rico who was a rescue snake being kept as a pet illegally, and you wouldn’t think snakes would have personality, but Rico loves to seek out a bit of attention from us.

“Another favourite would have to be the Galapagos Tortoises – they have such big personalities and are always wanting more food and scratches.”

As we head into the warmer months, snakes tend to get a bad rap, but that’s exactly why Tyler has such a soft spot for them. 

“Snakes are so unusual, and I know a lot of people don’t like them, but there’s a lot to love about them,” Tyler said. 

“I really do try and educate people about snakes; they play a very important role in our ecosystems by helping to manage rodent populations. 

“It’s important to be appreciative of snakes – from a safe distance – rather than fear them. 

“If you come across one in the wild, the best thing to do is give it plenty of space and move away very slowly – it’s likely they are more scared of you than you are of it.”

All animals, whether furry, feathery, or scaly play an important role in the environment. That’s why it’s important to celebrate, appreciate and protect ALL creatures great and small.  

Here at Perth Zoo, we’re proud to employ passionate conservationists who carry their profession across every aspect of their lives. Working with animals is more than just a job, it’s a calling!