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What kind of world do I want to live in? What kind of legacy do I want to leave for my daughter? If I know I have the means to make a difference, no matter how small, I have to lay it all on the line. Approach my vision with drive and passion. Be the change.

- Casey Woodward

In 2012, Casey volunteered on her first trip to the island of Borneo. The incredible richness of the forest and the unique species, both plant and animal that lived here became a source of great joy but also great sadness.

There were so many pressures on the environment, all caused by human activity, and this became a recurring issue in other places she travelled. It became clear to her that by recounting her stories with honest passion she was able to inspire others to take action and become more interested in the natural world.

Casey has been on a mission ever since - trekking across Borneo, holding corporate fundraising events and speaking engagements – and, in 2014, she spent 12 months in the jungles of Central Kalimantan, Borneo, helping to care for, and rehabilitate, orphaned sun bears.

Animal Assist is quite simply the culmination of years of successful fundraising, donor relations and advocacy roles. Casey has an unabated drive to support the front line in conservation and animal welfare. Over many years volunteering in animal welfare, both on home soil and in developing countries, she has gained a unique insight into the most effective ways to provide that support.

Being able to join forces with an experienced, passionate and motivated "dream team" ensures she is able to continue to evolve and to impact successfully and she is so happy to be sharing the journey with you!

Casey has been a qualified veterinary nurse for the past 4 years and now works as WA Project Coordinator for Tangaroa Blue Foundation, an Australian based Not For Profit dedicated to removal and prevention of marine debris.

Our ethos

A desire to help, to listen to a project's needs, and work closely as a team to achieve a positive outcome

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has

- Margaret Mead

Meet the team

Casey Woodward

Casey’s environmental career began in 2010 when she started studying Conservation & Land Management on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. She went on to work as a leading hand in bush regeneration and revegetation projects across South East Queensland whilst volunteering her time with organisations such as Project Borneo, Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Accepting a volunteer position as a Sun Bear Rehabilitator with Orangutan Foundation International during 2014-2015, she had the opportunity to work directly with wildlife in a captive and wild capacity and learnt a great deal about working in conservation in a developing country. Upon her return in 2015, she decided to further her studies and began a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing whilst working as Manager of Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council and volunteering at the RSPCA.

Casey has been a qualified veterinary nurse for the past 4 years and now works as WA Project Coordinator for Tangaroa Blue Foundation, an Australian based Not For Profit dedicated to removal and prevention of marine debris.

Muzza Munro

For more than two decades Muzza has worked in both in-situ and ex-situ conservation. His work with icons of the environmental movement has shaped his thinking and earnt him the respect of the conservation community. Muzza’s formative experience managing Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee sanctuary in remote Uganda taught him the critical importance of working closely with local communities to create sustainable wildlife conservation solutions.

Returning to the urban jungle, first to Auckland Zoo, then to manage the internationally-renowned Wildlife Warriors at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, he learned first-hand how public awareness translates into support for conservation.

He and a small team later used this knowledge to launch a fundraising and media campaign to rescue a critically malnourished, orphaned Sumatran elephant named Bona. Bona’s plight caused a media frenzy (including an episode on ABC television’s Australian Story), that eventually went global. Muzza has continued to focus his conservation efforts on Asian elephants – working in the field in Nepal and Indonesia.

Jessica McKelson

After nearly two decades working with primates in Australia and overseas, Jessica joined the world-class Phillip Island Nature Parks team in late 2017. She now manages the Conservation Department which cares for iconic Australian species such as penguins, Australian fur seals, Koalas & Short tailed shearwater birds. Jessica is tasked with leading the implementation of the Nature Parks ambitious 30 year Conservation Vision, five year Conservation Plan and Threatened Species Plan.

Jessica has a wealth of experience in animal welfare and community conservation which enables her to explore new ways to protect and implement threatened species programs, whilst also enhancing how humans can live sustainably with wildlife.

Jason Savage

Jason is a passionate and dynamic wildlife and conservation photographer from Adelaide, Australia. He has worked incredibly hard to steer this passion towards a career with a vision to educate people about threats to wildlife and the importance of protecting wild places.

Jason lived in South Africa for over three years, completing his field guide course and going on to work as a Rhino monitor for a local NGO. This unique field experience gave him the opportunity to get up close to one of the world’s most endangered species and invariably fall in love with the animals and the incredible landscapes of Africa.

Africa led Jason to seek out further field work alongside front line rangers in Sumatra and Borneo.

Kaitlyn Bock

Kaitlyn’s current role as Africa Operations Manager for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) has given her the opportunity to manage international workshops on chimpanzee trafficking bringing together key stakeholders in numerous West African countries.

Kaitlyn organises training and development across Africa on strategic development, primate health & grant writing. She spent two years with Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) as a field communications volunteer and a contributor to OFI’s volunteer committee. Kaitlyn completed internships at the Center for Great Apes, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch and Wildtracks in Belize.