Mr Cameron Kerr

Chief Executive, Taronga Conservation Society Australia 

Cameron commenced his career as an agricultural scientist in animal health then moved into business roles in FMCG and consumer healthcare. He joined the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in 2000, and has held various senior management positions responsible in life sciences, conservation, education, communications and stakeholder management. In his current role as CEO, Cameron has personally overseen a significant cultural and physical transformation of the Taronga organisation and its two zoos. 

A number of key milestones in Taronga’s development include the establishment of the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, a one of a kind, hub for wildlife conservation in the southern hemisphere, being the lead agency for a number of key conservation programs including the Regent Honey Eater and Corroborree Frog breed and release programs; developing a youth zoo volunteer program that has now been adopted by a number of zoos across Australia; a major global campaign against the illegal wildlife trade through in partnership with Google, TRAFFIC. Taronga now manages over 60 conservation science and field programs spaning from Tasmania through to the Republic of Congo.
Cameron is also President of the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia, a Board Director of the International Rhino Foundation and the Jane Goodall Institute Global Board, and member of the University of NSW Faculty of Science Advisory Board. Cameron is past Chair of the accreditation organisation Ecotourism Australia and member of the Sydney Institute of TAFE advisory Board and Oceania Regional Elephant Steering Committee.