Burbangana Indigenous Awareness Program

The Burbangana Zoo Awareness Program is a joint initiative run by Taronga Zoo and The NSW Department of Family and Community Services – Community Services (formerly DoCS) that gives young people in care the opportunity to engage in activities in and around the Zoo.

Burbangana Project

The young people participating in the program take part in animal handling and husbandry, food preparation, enrichment, land care and cultural activities as well as assisting Education Staff in our various programs including lessons, interpretation, Zoomobile and special projects.

Participants are referred directly to Taronga Zoo from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services – Community Services and attend the program for 12 weeks.

Burbangana is a Dharug word of the Sydney language meaning “take my hand and help me up” and aims to ‘Reawaken the Spirit of Belonging’ with its young people, reconnecting and strengthening them in knowledge, spirit, relationships, country and culture’.

For further information, please contact:

Nardi Simpson

Contact: 
Taronga Zoo, Aboriginal Project Officer
Phone: 
+61 2 9932 4336