Fledgling days for conservation project

Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus)


Jimirara Wildlife Conservation and Research Centre (Jimirara) is a grassroots organisation in the early planning stages of its existence.

Located on a rural property in Mount Surround, 50 minutes south of Townsville, North Queensland, Jimirara is comprised of  39 acres of  moist to dry eucalypt woodlands.

Adjoining the Bowling Green Bay National Park,  Jimirara is home to an abundance of wild native flora and fauna, including Orchids, Cycads, Northern Quolls, and Red-tailed Black cockatoos.

Cycad (Cycas media subsp. media)


Jimirara goals and aspirations

Jimirara’s goals are to protect and conserve the local biome in the following ways:

  • Implement practical local conservation initiatives to create a healthier, more resilient ecosystem for the benefit of native flora and fauna species.
  • Educate people about the importance of environmental conservation by providing opportunities for meaningful engagement in environmental conservation projects, and to experience local native wildlife firsthand (public exhibition and wildlife shows, regular field days, workshops, working bees etc.).
  • Conduct research primarily aimed towards  developing sustainable relationships between humans and the local environment (i.e. farmers, and private landholders). Possible implementation of captive breeding programs for key threatened and endangered species once the organisation is established.


The Founders

Jimi Clark
BA (Anthrop. and Env. Sci.)

Environmental Specialist

Jimi completed his Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Environmental Science) degree at James Cook University in 2014. He has more than six years experience in zoos, wildlife management and Australian native wildlife care.

In addition to his Bachelors degree, and diverse international experience in environmental conservation projects and organisations. Jimi also holds a Diploma in Business Management, Diploma of Justice Administration and Diploma of Community Services. As a long-term professional in the Child Protection Sector. 

in Queensland, Jimi has extensive experience working with executive powers to maintain compliance with State legislation.

Additionally, as Jimirara grows, Jimi’s background and experience in business, managing people and projects, and training, ensures Jimirara will maintain high quality personnel and importantly, a high standard of care for wildlife.

Shakira Todd
BSc (Zoology)|
Environmental Scientist and Zoologist

Shakira completed her Bachelor of Science (Zoology) degree at James Cook University in 2010 and holds a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management.

She has more than 13 years of experience in zoos, environmental management and conservation and land management.

Shakira has worked as a Zoologist, Park Ranger, Project Manager, Field Coordinator and Environmental Technician and Environmental Scientist in a variety of environmental science roles in north Queensland, Northern Territory and Victoria.

These roles allowed her to develop expertise in weed and pest control, revegetation, flora and fauna surveys, ecological burning, and wildlife relocation. Shakira’s core area of expertise is Zoology, and her extensive experience coordinating conservation projects has provided her with a strong understanding of the principles of conservation and natural resource management, and relevant local, state and federal environment legislation.

Shakira is also the consulting Zoologist for Australian Dingo Foundation and project manages the Working Dingoes Saving Wildlife Project.


Visiting Jimirara

Jimirara will be opening in mid 2018 (date to be determined).

Public tours will be run on the first Saturday of every month and will include:

  • Wilderness walks
  • Wildlife encounters
  • Presentation of Jimirara’s goals and future aspirations
  • Further tour details, including wildlife on exhibit, will be provided upon opening.

Tour costs are:

  • Adults $15
  • Students and Seniors $10
  • Kids (under 15) $5.

Bookings are essential. Call 0450 309 089 or email jimirara@gmail.com


Jimirara is at Mount Surround, approximately 50 minutes south of Townsville in North Queensland.

Entry is by prior arrangement only.