Staff profile: Chris Hosking

Position title:
Interpretive Officer
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I grew up in Adelaide where I studied Biology and Archaeology at Flinders University. I gained experience working with birds and mammals at Adelaide Zoo and worked in the pet reptile industry before moving to New South Wales in 2006 where I began to work as an Interpretive Officer at the Australian Museum.My main interests include Palaeontology, Zoology and Captive Animal Management.

As an Interpretive Officer at the Australian Museum I take people on tours, explain concepts and ideas to people and allow people to enjoy their time at the Museum connecting with nature and culture. A large part of my role at the Museum is helping people learn about the world in the Museum's discovery space; Search & Discover, from pest and bird identifications to resource requests and collection enquiries. The best part about my job is that you never stop learning new things. I will be helping people on this website by answering questions and connecting people to information.

One of my special roles at the Museum is looking after the live animals that are on display. Live animals such as Lizards, Crocodiles, Turtles, Pythons, Frogs and Invertebrates are kept at the Museum to educate people about Australia's unique fauna. It is my job to clean enclosures, prepare food and maintain the health of the animals. Of particular interest in our live collection are the Mourning Cuttlefish, Sepia plangon, which display amazing colour changing abilities and complex learning behaviour. Live animals in a museum may seem odd in a museum but they are definitely popular displays which are always interesting.


Certificate IV in Captive Animals. Western Sydney Institute of TAFE

Bachelor of Arts. Flinders University of South Australia

Professional Memberships

Australian Museum Animal Care and Ethics Committee

Australian Museum Workplace Health and Safety Committee

Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping


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