Brooke Squires has been a rhino keeper at Werribee Open Range Zoo for 20 years and has a BSc degree in Zoology and Masters in International Community Development and a vast array of wildlife experiences from working in zoos and national parks and conservation areas around the world. Brooke’s current role at Zoos Victoria is working within Wildlife Conservation and Science department, managing the partnerships with Zoos Victoria’s African based conservation programs in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Brooke’s primary focus is in developing and implementing behaviour change conservation education programs that have both a social and conservation outcomes.
Dr. Rinku Gohain
Dr. Rinku Gohain is the founder CEO and Principal Veterinarian of ‘Airavat Foundation for Wildlife Conservation’. An elephant veterinarian from Assam, India who acquired both his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Masters in Veterinary Surgery and Radiology degrees from the College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, India. Dr. Gohain also conducted research on elephant anesthesia. The title of his master’s degree research being ‘Medetomidine and Meditomidine-Ketamine induced immobilization and its reversal by Atipamezole in Asian Elephants’, under the guidance of professor Dr. Bhupen Sarma. Dr. Gohain started his experience with elephants since he was an undergraduate veterinary student and under the mentorship of renowned pioneer of elephant veterinary services of yester times (late) Dr. S.C Pathak and with whom he had also gained his experiences in canine practice for more than five years. Dr. Gohain has around thirteen years of experience in both wild and captive elephants in his country and abroad. Dr. Gohain advocates both for the mental and physical well-being of elephants. He is a firm supporter of ‘positive reinforcement training for veterinary care of captive elephants in both open and closed contact system of management’. Dr. Gohain has previously worked as a Veterinary Surgeon for the IFAW funded Wildlife Trust of India and as a Veterinary consultant for Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand. He has also provided consultancy services to Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit of The Netherlands and for ‘Nosey’ in Florida. He has worked as a Veterinarian and elephant behaviorist on a month long project for elephants in Southern and North-Eastern India along with Elke Riesterer, a California based massage therapist for a Kerulos Center Project in 2008.
After all his experiences at different situations, he started his own foundation on which he had been planning for more than a decade, to work for different projects on wildlife conservation in India with elephants as the key species.
Elephant Freedom Sanctuary is currently interviewing additional potential advisory board members and this section will be updated as others are recruited.