Matt is 19 and lives in Toongabbie, NSW, Australia. He is currently studying Captive Animal Studies at Richmond College, Western Sydney. Matt’s goal is to secure full time employment in the animal care industry where he wants to follow his passion for education and conservation. At home, Matt volunteers as a wildlife rescuer and carer for Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services. He also works as an educator for a mobile zoo. In 2016, he visited Thailand to work as a volunteer building a safe house for children vulnerable to human trafficking. During his stay, he visited Phang Nga Elephant Park where he met Tom (see below) who showed such amazing passion for the work he was doing it led Matt to apply to be a volunteer. He considers it a lifetime opportunity. He is also a Red belt in Hapkido – so Mahouts watch out!