We are fortunate to have some very influential and passionate personalities lending their name to our cause. They are living a little on the wild side and helping us to spread the word.
Tim won over the hearts of Australia with his unique and cheeky personality to be crowned the winner of the popular reality series Big Brother. With his recognisable crazy mane of curls and infectious positive attitude, he has become a regular Radio and TV personality. Tim loves anything wild and is passionate about wildlife conservation, studying a Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity and Conservation while working in the entertainment industry. He is a regular visitor to Australia Zoo where he met his heroes, The Irwin's. Their amazing commitment along with staff at the Zoo and Wildlife Hospital inspired Tim to get involved and help the cause. Tim's mission in life is to encourage people to believe in themselves and make a difference in their world! He is thrilled to be a Wildlife Warrior global ambassador!
Paul de Gelder
Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. These three words – a mantra Paul learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper – resonated with him the first time he heard them. Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his life on the edge, to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of Australia’s defence forces.
But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil Navy Bomb Clearance Diver was flung into jeopardy.
Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery. He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level.
In the five years since the shark attack, Paul's life has changed in every aspect. Having left full time Navy Service in August 2012, after continuing to instruct Navy Divers for a further 3.5 years, Paul has travelled the world as a top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids. He has spoken at venues all around the world, from the United Nations in New York promoting shark conservation, Paris Casino in Las Vegas and the US Navy in San Diego, to Anzac Day military celebrations in front of thousands, and keynotes for multimillion dollar corporations and charity organizations around Australia and New Zealand.
He has also been a guest on every major Australian TV talk show and many in the U.S. Just recently, he starred as a guest trainer on the Biggest Loser Australia, has filmed a Pilot episode ‘FEARLESS’ about anti poaching units in Africa , to be released on XBOX live and has co-hosted a program for Discovery Channel’s 2014 Shark Week…Great White Matrix.
An amazing man, an amazing story. Paul will simply inspire you.
Erin has established a formidable career over the last five years as a singer, TV host, model, dancer, charity worker and former Miss World Australia. A seasoned entertainer and dancer since the age of four, Erin is an experienced classical singer, winning a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Classical Voice as well as the Women's College Scholarship at the University of Sydney.
Erin was crowned Miss World Australia in 2013, travelling to China, USA and England with the Miss World organisation, as well as India and Nepal as an Ambassador for Australian Education. Her work as a commercial and fashion model has led her to appear in numerous campaigns with BMW Brisbane, Vanuatu Tourism, Papua New Guinea Tourism, Ugg Australia, Ardell Lashes, Seranade Leather and Westfield Fashion Festivals to name a few.
An experience live audience and television host, Erin has featured on Sydney Weekender, The Today Show, and Sunrise. Erin has presented at the Australian Wool Fashion Awards, hosted the Westfield Fashion Festivals, and featured as a guest soloist at Carols by Candlelight, the Starlight Children's Star Ball and Breast Cancer Network Australia's fund raising event. With already so many accolades under her belt, Erin has also just been announced as a cast member in the new Channel 7 production, The Secret Daughter, starring alongside Jessica Mauboy.
Wildlife Warriors are thrilled to welcome Erin to the family as a Global Ambassador!
Lukas is one of five members of Australia's leading urban/pop group, Justice Crew-who have released a string of hit singles since first coming to the Australian public's attention in 2010.
When he was younger, Lukas always dreamt of being either a zoo keeper or a dancer, and now as a member of Justice Crew and a Wildlife Warriors Global Ambassador, he has a hand in both.
Lukas has always had a deep love for animals, his favourite being the gecko because it's the only lizard with 'a voice'. Lukas started dancing at just 11 years old and has come a long way since then. Originally coming together on the streets of Sydney, amid the backdrop of a performance battleground, Justice Crew were drawn together by their similar working-class, multicultural backgrounds, and now they're hotter than ever!
The Justice Crew brotherhood and dedication has resulted in massive Australian success for Lukas and the rest of Justice Crew, who together, have made major inroads into New Zealand, SE Asia, Mexico and the US.
A Kansas City, Missouri native, Von Smith is currently touring the world with YouTube phenom group Postmodern Jukebox, after being featured in their videos online and garnering 20 million views. Lady Gaga also chose him to be her opening act on her tour in Australia in 2012.
First introduced to the world when his version of "And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)" from Dreamgirls became a sensation on YouTube, Von Smith has garnered a legion of fans and performed on some of the most celebrated stages, including ABC's "The View", Bravo's "The Kathy Griffin Show", BET's "106th and Park", featured on MTV News, VH1's "Best Week Ever", E's "The Soup", TV Azteca's "La Academia" (Mexico), "Up Junior" (China), and American Idol season 8 as one of the top 17 finalists.
When not rocking out on national stages across the country, or performing in front of symphonies conducted by the likes of the late Marvin Hamlisch, Von can be found writing songs in the recording studio. Von became a Wildlife Warriors Global Ambassador in 2014 after performing at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Brisbane.
Lynn is an Australian TV host and actress currently based in Los Angeles as the anchor of the World Poker Tour on Fox Sports. Lynn has travelled through more than 30 countries, over 100 cities within them, and still continues to add to that impressive passport-stamp collection!
Lynn is a certified holistic health coach and passionately lives by her motto; 'Be Well. Travel Often. Life's Good.' her three keys to happiness, which she writes about at LynnGilmartin.com. Always having a deep love for animals, Lynn's most life-changing trip was when she went on an African safari, experiencing what the Irwins so passionately want the world to experience-a personal connection with wildlife. This inspired Lynn to take responsibility as a human to do all she can to take a proactive step toward animal conservation. After visiting the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and seeing the magical work that happens here, she is now a proud Wildlife Warriors Global Ambassador.
Emmy Award winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough, the only six time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend the prestigious Italia Conti performing arts school where he studied theatre, music and dance.
A multi-talented entertainer, two-time Emmy Award winner and 8 time nominee for Best Choreography, Derek has also appeared in film, television and stage projects as an actor. In 2014 Derek and his sister Julianne teamed for a live stage dance concert MOVE Live on Tour performing in 50 cities around the USA, in 2015 they toured again selling out scores of venues on their 47 city outing.
Derek is the winningest professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars USA with five Mirror Ball Trophies under his belt. His last victory was extra special as the dance partner he shared it with was our very own Wildlife Warrior, Bindi Irwin!
Beau Bridges has appeared in over fifty feature films, including "The Other Side of the Mountain," "Norma Rae," "Heart Like a Wheel," "Sordid Lives," "Max Payne," "The Descendants' and "The Fabulous Baker Boys", opposite his brother Jeff for which Beau received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics. In television, Bridges has received fourteen Emmy nominations and won three, along with two Golden Globes, for "Without Warning: The James Brady Story," "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom," and "The Second Civil War".
Beau is about to start his third season of Showtime's "Masters of Sex", for which he received an Emmy nomination last year. He can also be seen currently in Netflix's "Bloodlines". On Broadway, he appeared in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". He won a 2009 Grammy for Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" in the category of Best Spoken Word Album. Beau was inspired by his father Lloyd to work towards promoting and preserving a healthy planet. He currently serves on the board of Wishtoyo, an organization that works to protect the California coastline and sacred Chumash sights.
Beau met Bindi Irwin on the set of "Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove" and has been a Wildlife Warrior ever since!
Rove started out as a stand-up comedian and has gone on to become Australia’s most successful talk show host and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television.
Rove got his first TV gig on community television, hosting his own tonight show. He hit the prime time schedule in 2000 with Rove Live on Network Ten after a brief late night stint on the Nine Network. The show played host to some of the planet’s biggest names for 10 years.
In Los Angeles, he appeared as a regular on The Tonight Show, hosted two series of his own talk show Rove LA for FOX 8 and TV Guide Network and made his US primetime debut as host for Fox’s Riot. He continued working as a stand up, appearing in clubs and theatres in LA and beyond and as a guest on Comedy Central’s new late night hit @midnight.
Rove has returned to Sydney, taking to the airwaves as the host 2DayFM’s breakfast show with Sam Frost.
Rove is a true Wildlife Warrior with a genuine passion for wildlife conservation having visited a number of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) project sites and becoming an FFI vice-president in 2008.
Jo Beth Taylor
Jo Beth was always drawn to the entertainment industry. She first appeared on stage at the age of 5 singing in a talent quest and since then, hasn't looked back.
With a successful singing career already under her belt, Jo Beth decided to take the offer to host the top-rating Nine Network program, Australia's Funniest Home Video Show. At 22 years of age, this made her the youngest female host of a prime-time show and was nominated for various Logies.
Jo Beth also worked on many television programs, including 'Hey Hey It's Saturday', and live productions including 'Carols By Candlelight'. She has performed in staged musicals, and has appeared as a contestant on 'Dancing with the Stars Australia' and 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here' where she met the Irwin family.
Jo Beth has always been active and supportive of many conservation and humanitarian organisations such as the Rhino Revolution cause, World Vision, Sea Shepard, the Australia Koala Foundation and of course, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors!
Already a gold-plated star in Australia, Adam Hills has now taken the UK by storm with his own talk show on Channel Four - The Last Leg. Originally a one-off series for the 2012 London Paralympics, the poms loved him so it has been on air ever since!
Dubbed as the nicest guy in comedy, when he is not conquering the small screen he is treading the boards as one of our finest stand-up comedians, selling out rooms around the country and around the world.
Adam first met Bindi Irwin when he visited Australia Zoo in 2012 to film the popular chat show, Adam Hills Tonight, and he’s been a keen supporter of Wildlife Warriors ever since!
Sheppard are an award-winning Australian pop band from Brisbane, Australia. After emerging onto the Australian music scene in 2009, the group released their debut EP in 2012, featuring standout single 'Let Me Down Easy'. Sheppard's breakthrough international hit single, 'Geronimo', was released in March 2014, and it has since sold over 450,000 copies in Australia alone. The track, taken from Sheppard's 2014 debut album 'Bombs Away', was the most played song on Australian radio and the highest selling Australian single of last year.
Sheppard were awarded Best Group at the highly esteemed 2014 ARIA Awards; one of their numerous TV appearances which have seen them perform in-front of a combined TV audience of over one billion international viewers over the last 12 months.
The band have completed several world tours spanning North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, South East Asia and the United Kingdom, and they returned to Canada and the United States in 2015 for a North American tour alongside Meghan Trainor.
Sheppard visited Australia Zoo in 2015 and 2016, and continue to show their support Wildlife Warriors.
Tasma Walton has had an extensive career in television, film and theatre and is well renowned for her performance in the television series Blue Heelers. As regular 'Dash McKinley' over four series, Tasma captured the hearts of Australian audiences and garnered a Logie Award for Best New Talent. Tasma was also a regular on City Homicide, playing criminal profiler 'Claudia Leigh' for two series. Other television appearances include roles in the critically acclaimed The Secret Life of Us, McLeod's Daughters, White Collar Blue, Home and Away, It's a Date, Sea Patrol, Blackjack - At the Gates, Beastmaster and more recently Rake and Cleverman. Her telemovies include The Postcard Bandit directed by Tony Tilse and Kevin Carlin's Little Oberon.
Tasma has also had success in theatre performances and on the big screen where she was recently seen in the critically acclaimed Mystery Road, winning her the title of Best Actress for the St Tropez Film Festival as well as nominations for Best Actress for the AACTA Awards and FCCA Awards. Her other feature films include the multi award winning drama Blessed, Subterano, Virtual Nightmare, Moonlite, Airtight, Safety in Numbers and Fistful of Flies. Tasma plays the lead in the soon to be released sci-fi thriller, The Half Dead, and is also in Sue Brook's recently released Looking For Grace.
Tasma visited Australia Zoo with husband and fellow Wildlife Warrior, Rove McManus, on Steve Irwin Day 2013 where she got her hands dirty and left her mark on our 'walk of fame'.
Daniel Merrett is a former Brisbane Lions AFL champion who has always had a profound love of animals and visited Australia Zoo regularly in his youth. He especially loves the big African animals, and has a real liking for snakes, particularly pythons.
But his connection with Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin and ultimately his Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors ambassadorship came about by accident.
Sidelined one week early in the 2014 AFL season, Merrett was asked by the club to host the Irwin family in a corporate box for a match at the Gabba and explain the fundamentals to their VIP guests. It was an Easter Thursday game between Brisbane and Richmond. Fittingly, the Lions and the Tigers.
All parties enjoyed the evening and a connection that outlived his AFL career was born. So much so that Daniel and Sarah Merrett’s daughter, Matilda had her second birthday party at Australia Zoo in 2015 and loved it - especially when the Irwins sang happy birthday!
After his retirement from football in August 2016 after 14 years and 200 games in the AFL, Merrett became a Wildlife Warriors ambassador, through which he and his family can continue their love affair with animals large and small.
Tiffany has always had a passion for wildlife and became an official Wildlife Warriors Global Ambassador at the age of 12. While volunteering at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, she saw the amazing care and rehabilitation they give to a variety of animals. Tiffany became friends with Bindi while filming a show in Los Angeles together and they’ve been friends ever since. Tiffany continues acting and voiceover roles on various projects, including Marvel's "Spiderman: Homecoming," Disney's "Kirby Buckets," Universal Pictures’ "Hop" and R.L. Stine's “Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls." Other roles include: "House M.D," "Criminal Minds," "Good Luck Charlie," "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures," & "NCIS." In addition to acting, she is highly involved in the community with emergency preparedness, a Black Belt in Wushu, and studying to get a degree in Business Administration. Tiffany strives to educate people about loving and protecting wildlife any time she can!
Of South Korean decent, Dami moved to Australia with her family when she was 9 years old. She calls herself a proud Australian/Korean.
In 2013 Dami found herself a home in the heart of Australia via television. Dami won The X Factor on the strength of her astonishing voice and palpable sense of artistry. More success followed as Dami earned multiple ARIA accreditations, including #1 chart positions and multi-platinum sales for the likes of her self-titled debut album.
In 2016 Dami competed on the world’s stage during Eurovision representing Australia. Finishing an outstanding second place. This year has also seen the release of her latest Album Classic Carpenters along with a nation wide tour. Dami visited Australia Zoo in 2015 to celebrate Steve Irwin Day, where she performed live in the Crocoseum!
Paul Harragon is an Australian rugby league football legend. A retired Australian, international and New South Wales State of Origin team member, he played rugby for the Newcastle Knights whom he captained to the 1997 ARL premiership. Paul was also inducted into the New South Wales Hall of Fame in 2002.
Paul has worked in media for many years and was a guest presenter and co-host of the 'Footy Show' from 1994 to 2009. Most recently, he featured in the 2016 TV program "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here" where he met the Irwin family. Paul proved to be very popular with TV audiences, fellow contestants and the Irwins, for which he is now a keen supporter of their charity, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.
After immigrating to Australia from South Africa as a teenager, Dean Geyer came to the nation's attention as one of the strongest performers on Australian Idol in 2006. Coming third behind Jessica Mauboy and Damien Leith, Dean went on to sign a record deal with SongBMG and released his debut album, Rush, which peaked at #7 on the Aria charts.
In 2008, Dean landed a leading role in the hit show Neighbours playing musician, Ty Harper. After eight months on the show, Dean moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career acting in the US.
Dean’s first American production came in 2010, where he starred opposite Michael Jai White and Evan Peters in the action packed movie, Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown, where he got to display his Karate skills as a 4th degree black belt.
Dean's biggest projects to date include playing the role of Brody Weston on season 4 of GLEE. He also played Corporal Mark Reynolds in Fox's Terra Nova executive produced by Steven Spielberg. He later appeared in the suspenseful thriller Landmine Goes Click filmed in the country of Georgia. Other notable films followed including Rehersal, Once Upon a Date and Don’t Wake Mommy.
In 2015 Dean secured a recurring role in the police procedural, Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, as well as a recurring role in the Jason Reitman Hulu comedy, Casual.
Most recently Dean flew back to South Africa after being chosen to be one of the 12 celebrities to compete in the Australian hit reality show I’m a celebrity, Get me out of Here where he met the Irwin family.
At 25 years old, Keo Motsepe has set more records than most entertainers do in a lifetime. Born in Pretoria, South Africa and raised in Johannesburg, Keo began dancing at 5 years old. By the age of 11, Keo was representing South Africa in international Latin Ballroom dance competitions and won his first contest at 14 and reigned for eight straight years as the South African Latin Dance Champion.
In 2012, Keo joined the Burn the Floor world tour and in 2014 he was invited to come to America and join ABC’s smash hit Dancing with the Stars where he met Bindi Irwin. He is now starring in his fifth consecutive season and is also the first African-American series regular.
Off the floor, Keo spends his time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of LA, Mattel Children’s Hospital of UCLA and the VA Hospital of LA.
John Edward has brought a fresh, honest and thought provoking attitude to the world of psychic phenomena. As a medium, author and lecturer, he has, over the last three decades, helped thousands with his uncanny ability to predict future events and communicate with those who have crossed over to the Other Side. Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, John’s down-to‐earth approach has earned him a vast and loyal following.
In 2000, John pioneered the psychic phenomena genre with the television program Crossing Over with John Edward on the Syfy network. It was the first television show syndicated worldwide devoted to psychic mediumship and it would go on to run for four seasons. John followed up the success of Crossing Over with John Edward with another television program, John Edward Cross Country, which debuted on the WE network in2006 and ran for three seasons.
John is one of America’s foremost psychic mediums and the author of multiple critically-acclaimed, New York Times Best Sellers. In 2007, John launched a digital network to deliver real-time content internationally, culminating in the creation of the online community, “Evolve.” John’s broad appeal has led to numerous tours of the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and Ireland, a weekend takeover at Sirius Satellite Radio and expert appearances on numerous TV shows and radio programs.
Olivia Edward, the nine-year-old fourth grader and native of Long Island, NY, began her professional career at the age of two after signing with a management team, and has been steadily working ever since. She appeared in numerous guest spots on TV series such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mysteries of Laura and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend before landing the role of “Duke” in FX’s Better Things.
Edward has been an accomplished competitive dancer since the age of four. She has competed with her team in hip hop, jazz and tap, but most loves to ballroom dance with her father, John Edward. Olivia is also a talented vocalist. She has been training with some of the best vocal coaches in New York since the age of six, and in 2016 made her New York theater debut as “Minnie” in Annie Get Your Gun at the City Center alongside Megan Hilty. Edward also had the honor of singing the duet “For Good” with legendary Kristin Chenoweth at the Tilles Center Gala Benefit.
In her free time, Edward enjoys simulated skydiving, baking cupcakes, playing the drums, playing with her three adorable dogs, and jumping on the trampoline with her best friend and older brother Justin. Olivia recently attended the inaugural Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Los Angeles, showing her support for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.
Adam Copeland, formerly known as WWE Superstar Edge, is an actor and retired professional wrestler, who is also known for his role as Dwight Hendrickson in the television series HAVEN for Syfy. Currently, Copeland stars in the upcoming fifth season of the popular series VIKINGS.
Canadian born, Copeland’s life in wrestling spanned two decades, and through his long and decorated career as “Edge”, Copeland entertained millions of fans internationally while winning 31 championships overall in WWE – the most by any wrestler ever – including 11 world heavyweight championships. Copeland became the youngest wrestler ever inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in March 2012.
As an actor, Copeland has appeared in numerous film and TV series. His autobiography, “Adam Copeland on Edge”, is a New York Times bestseller, and he is currently in the process of writing a second book.
Copeland has a massive and dedicated international fan base, with a social media following of over 7 MILLION followers, and growing daily. He received a 2015 nomination for Best Actor in the first annual Golden Maple Awards, celebrating Canadian performers working in the USA.
Adam enjoys living in the mountains of Asheville, NC, where he spends his time hiking, biking, and cuddling with his family and many dogs.
Some know him as the lead vocalist of Cold Chisel, some know him as the most successful Australian rock singer, many know him as an Aussie battler and most know him as Barnesy. Now we can stick another description on him - Wildlife Warrior!
Barnesy has joined our team of Ambassadors to help raise the profile of wildlife in need. Australia Zoo has long been a favourite holiday destination of his and now he has taken his passion for wildlife to the next level. Good on ya, Barnesy!
Jess and Lisa Origliasso also known as The Veronicas are proud to have been Wildlife Warriors since 2006, when they met the Irwin family for the first time on a trip to Australia Zoo with their band. Completely enchanted by Steve and Terri's passion for wildlife and conservation, it wasn’t long before Jess and Lisa became the first official Global Ambassadors for Wildlife Warriors.
Jess and Lisa’s involvement with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors are some of their proudest moments to date. They’ve performed in the Crocoseum, donating their time and talent to help raise money and awareness for Wildlife Warrior’s conservation projects around the world. They also received the Wildlife Warrior of the year award in 2010 and have recently solidified their name in the Australia Zoo hall of fame. The girls are committed to sharing Steve's message of conservation and helping to carry on his legacy for generations to come.
During their creative down time out of the public eye for the last few years, Jess and Lisa have been on an expedition of creativity and maturity, which has fuelled their transformation into grown women with strong opinions and a distinctive direction. Their absence from the spotlight has afforded them the time and perspective to step away from the pop-pack mentality, making way for more wild, evocative new music and a stronger focus on raising awareness for wildlife conservation, using their profile to change the world for the better. Jess and Lisa’s involvement with Wildlife Warriors, Sea Shepherd and standing up for equal rights for the LGBT community is their way to feel inspired about making the world around us a more conscious and compassionate place. With a new album and a debut #1 hit ‘You Ruin Me’ under their belt, Jess and Lisa are spending the year touring and releasing their self titled third album globally.
He is firmly cemented in the nation’s musical culture, his impressive career spans more than forty years. He has survived and soared in the often cut-throat entertainment industry. His unofficial anthems, tributes to legends and unsung heroes and tender ballads have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other. His honest and passionate songs are synonymous with the country that inspires him and connect him with his countrymen regardless of age, sex or creed.
Inducted into the ARIA HALL OF FAME in 2010 and the recipient of more awards than he cares to mention, there is no question that JOHN WILLIAMSON is the real deal, stands by what he represents and is unashamedly proud of the country he loves. For this artist, whilst the awards are a nice recognition, there is no doubt it is the reaction from his audience that is the most important. He is the Australian spirit and he is a Wildlife Warrior.
Over the past years, John has made significant donations to Wildlife Warriors to help our Australian Wildlife Conservation projects, including the Australian Wildlife Hospital. This man is undoubtedly true blue.
International model, aspiring Victoria's Secret angel and local Brisbane girl Ellie Gonsalves is the newest global ambassador for Widlife Warriors.
The avid animal lover recently toured the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and said she felt compelled to make a difference to the future of the native animals she was fortunate enough to grow up around.
Ellie recently visited Australia Zoo for a cheeky conservation-themed photo shoot, to be featured in a charity calendar to raise money for conservation projects both here in Australia and around the world.
Wildlife biologist, television personality and National Geographic blogger Elissa Sursara joined Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors as a global ambassador in 2012 to help spread Steve Irwin's important message: that education is the key to saving our precious wildlife. Supporting the zoo and the Irwin family - Bindi, Terri and Robert - Elissa encourages more than half a million people in her international audience to become warriors for important wildlife all around the world.
In 2012, she joined the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society at the invitation of friend and mentor, Captain Paul Watson, to work aboard the flagship vessel the Steve Irwin on a mission that would save more than 1000 whales from poaching in the Southern Ocean.
A journalist, Elissa has written about wildlife and the environment for some of the world's most high-profile groups and publications, including Participant Media, The Huffington Post and the Environmental Investigation Agency. She reports on wildlife, conservation and environmental politics for National Geographic's award winning news blog, News Watch.
A recurring cast member on Animal Planet's Whale Wars, Elissa uses science, communications and her role as a global ambassador to the Wildlife Warriors to teach young people and their friends and families about endangered species, threatened habitats and all animals in crisis.
Chandler Powell is a professional wakeboarder from Florida. He travels the globe on the World Series circuit making his way on top of the podium in National Championships, North American Championships, and World Championships. In addition to competitions, Chandler also travels for wakeboard clinics, filming wakeboard videos, riding in demos, and judging amateur contests. In 2015 alone Chandler plans on traveling to the Philippines, England, Australia, Abu Dhabi, and Thailand! After just graduating high school, he plans on attending the University of Central Florida for a degree in Marketing. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, biking, kayaking, and skateboarding in addition to wakeboarding. Chandler has seen the impact that humans have on wildlife around the world in his travels. After spending his life outside doing what he loves and also interacting with the animals at Australia Zoo, he found a passion for conservation realizing that wildlife truly is a beautiful thing worth conserving. Chandler is beyond stoked for the opportunity to use his career as a professional wakeboarder and his future degree in Marketing to spread the word of conservation and help the Wildlife Warriors take over the world!