Donna’s zoo-keeping career began in 1996 when she moved to the USA to pursue her love of animals. Donna completed a Diploma in Professional Zoo-Keeping and graduated with honours.
Donna has held senior positions in zoos and animal facilities both internationally and in Australia. She also has completed the Australian Certificate IV in Captive Animal Management.
Traci grew up on a farm and had a childhood filled with all kinds of crazy and exciting experiences with almost every animal you could possibly imagine. These childhood experiences became the foundation for her desire to work with and for animals.
Traci runs her own Pet Accessories company known as miyow & barkley, donating a percentage of every sale to Zambi Wildlife Retreat .
Consistently throughout Traci’s adult life volunteering or raising funds for animal welfare groups has been a personal commitment.
Traci is an active member of WIRES, specialising in caring for possums & gliders and more recently became a certified Animal Reiki Practioner.
Who We Are
In 2012, Donna, Traci and Silke got together and decided it was time to start fulfilling a life long dream: an animal welfare establishment that would become a retreat for exotic animals retired from the zoo, circus and entertainment industries. They also wanted to operate a rescue and rehabilitation facility for all species in need, which would also include domestic, farm and native animals.
LOTL Rescue's main aim by all directors was to establish a retreat where animals that had nowhere to go could be offered a new forever home for their retirement. Zambi Wildlife Retreat was born!
Based upon the love for animals - this vision quickly became a reality and LOTL Rescue was born: Australia's new animal welfare charity!
The directors come from a wealth of knowledge within the animal industry and operating domestic and international successful businesses. This solid foundation of business and industry knowledge plus determination to fullfil a lifelong dream has seen the charity grow from strength to strength, operating now from a 50 acre property in Western Sydney.
Silke Bader, Founding director of LOTL Rescue limited.
No longer acting in role.
Life member of ZWR for work contributed.