Ben Dessen

Ben, from Sydney, was just six years old when his parents bought him his first pet snake which led to the vast menagerie of pythons, lizards, birds, insects, frogs and other animals that occupy the family home today. “Animals give my life purpose and provide me with an ongoing source of curiosity and inspiration.”

Ben is a long term volunteer with his local wildlife rescue group, Sydney Wildlife, and has cared for countless species of native animals. Ben runs educational courses on reptiles and amphibians at Kellyville Pets, whilst also finding time to work at the Australian Reptile Park. Ben now calls a wildlife orphanage home, where he lives in the bush looking after native wildlife as the sanctuary manager.

To date, Ben has raised over $40,000 for various wildlife initiatives and wants to continue in his quest to raise awareness and save the amazing wildlife we share this planet with. Ben was honoured to be invited by Bob Irwin (father of the late Steve Irwin) to help launch his new wildlife charity, the Bob Irwin Wildlife and Conservation Foundation. Ben is currently completing a Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) degree at the University of Western Sydney to further a career in wildlife conservation and education that he is already so passionate about.

Visit Ben’s Blog and TIG Profile.