Peter Clark

Director of Monarto Safari Park

SANomineeSenior Australian of the Year2022

Peter Clark is a passionate wildlife conservationist with a career spanning almost 50 years. As Director of Monarto Safari Park, he’s played an instrumental role in turning the open-range zoo into the world’s largest safari experience.

Peter has established world-recognised wildlife conservation initiatives, including plans to bring vulnerable Southern White Rhinos to the state. In partnership with The Australian Rhino Project, Taronga Conservation Society and Orana Wildlife Trust, 30 rhinos will be transferred from South Africa, via New Zealand, in 2022.

Peter’s also leading a $50-million project called Wild Africa which includes an expansion of the park and increased animal population, plus an 80-room hotel and glamping style accommodation.

Peter has worked with Zoos South Australia since 2003 and he became Director of Monarto Safari Park in 2018. Prior to that he worked in agriculture and conservation with the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments.

In 2021, Peter’s relentless efforts in conversation and animal welfare were recognised when he received a UNESCO Achievement Award.