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Meet Our Staff and Critters
Erin Costelloe - Founder and Director
Erin has always been passionate about Australian wildlife for as long as she can remember. After seven years of working with native wildlife in Sydney she has relocated to the Top End in order to bring her brainchild to
life. Bush Tales is a business backed with industry experience and
Passionate about wildlife conservation, Erin studied a Bachelor of Animal Science in Sydney whilst working with native mammals, reptiles and birds at Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Australian Wildlife Displays and Wild Animal Encounters. She later completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary Science) to further develop her teaching skills.
She has long held the idea of combining the two, and has created Bush Tales on this basis.
Luis the Bluey - Blue Tongue Lizard
The Northern Blue Tongue Lizard (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia) is a
sub-species local to the climes of Northern Australia. 'Louis the Bluis' is
our Northern Blue Tongue, and a rather large one at that. The reptilian personification of the phrase "bigger is better", Louis is partial to the odd investigation of the office, and kale.
Fergus - Tawny Frogmouth
'Fergus' the Frogmouth is part of our education team. The Tawny Frogmouth
(Podargus strigoides) is a widespread species found in many different habitats across Australia.
Commonly mistaken for Owls, Frogmouths belong to the order of birds called Caprimulgiformes.
Mainly insectivorous, our lad Fergus has two hobbies: 1) Staying up late, and 2) Showing off his impressive flight skills - especially if breakfast is the end result.
Mr. Slithers - Rough-Scaled Python
His real name is Morelia carinata, but we call him Mr Slithers. Our
resident Rough-Scaled Python is a native of Western Australia. He sports
striking markings and a cool temperament. Quite possibly the most laid
back member of the Bush Tales team.
Darwin Carpet Pythons
Our Darwin Carpet Pythons (Morelia spilota variegata), much like the city
we live in, embrace the heat. This species thrives in a tropical habitat
and these harmless (and somewhat stunning) pythons can often be found in
your backyard. Our largest Carpet Python is currently standing (well,
horizontally) at 2 metres. He enjoys sleeping in strange positions, eating
large meals (usually "jumbo" rats) and being particularly lazy.
Berta - Bearded Dragon
Our Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Berta, is the most gregarious member of the Bush Tales education team. Her species is mostly found across arid regions but, like so many others, she's decided on a bit of a sea change. Spoiled rotten with cuddles and crickets, she's having the time of her life... and is more than partial to the odd photo. A true poser in every sense of the word.
Sodium - Baby Saltwater Crocodile
Meet the newest member of the Bush Tales squad, 'Sodium'. This baby Saltwater Croc (Crocodylus porosus) comes from a proud line of dinosaurs - one of the few species that wander the landscape unchanged from millions of
years ago. That being said, our boy Sodium is not dissolved by the passing of
time; he's a happy-go-lucky scamp who seems to enjoy showing off his teeth and being fed by the
We are frequently adding new critters to our team. Check back soon to meet our new members!
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Sherbet - Sugar Glider
The Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps) possesses a membrane that allows it
to, well, glide. Also known as the patagium, it allows the glider to escape
predators and claim hard-to-reach food. Our Sugar Gliders love to mung
on mung beans, egg, fresh blossom and grapes!