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Miss Grace Wilkinson

Overview of thesis

The Effect of Diet on Growth and Reproduction of Western Swamp Tortoises (Pseudemydura umbrina) at Perth Zoo.

My research project involves analysing husbandry data from ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) as well as zoo section records, to identify whether there is a difference between the growth and reproduction of the captive population on different diets. The current efficiency of Perth Zoo’s captive-breeding-for-release program is unknown and will be assessed within my project to provide husbandry recommendations. As the rarest reptile in Australia, the species’ wild populations currently only exist within protected habitats with captive-bred individuals released into these habitats. Assessing the efficiency of the program and improving it is essential for the species' survival.


  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), ECU (2015-2017)

Other Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Captive Animals, Taronga Tertiary Institute @ Perth Zoo (2018)


Research Interests

  • Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Captive Care of Vertebrates
  • Captive-Breeding-for-Release

Past Research employment history

  • Jan 2018: Literature Review of Mainland Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) Resource Requirements – report written for Quarry Life Award

Awards and Recognition

  • Royal Society of Western Australia Student Medal 2017
  • Graduate Speaker
  • Golden Key International Honour Society Member
  • Edith Cowan University Scholarship 2014



Miss Grace Wilkinson
Masters by Research Student
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Science
Building 19, Level 3
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