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The Taronga’s Environmental Sustainability program strives to imbed sustainability at the core of Taronga’s activities, to achieve sustainable outcomes and reduce environmental impacts.

>> Read Taronga's Sustainability Charter here

The program strives to ensure Taronga leads by example in the key areas of water, energy, waste, fleet management, property management and sustainable purchasing. 

Taronga has joined a government program to reduce energy use and as well as buying Green Energy, the Zoo is striving for ways to make its fleet of vehicals more environmentally friendly.

The program is closely aligned with NSW Government Sustainability Policy, which provides a framework for Taronga’s Sustainability Action Plan. The plan will ensure:

  • Sustainability is considered in decision making
  • Sources of greenhouse emissions are targeted for mitigation
  • Efficiency is identified in the areas of energy and water use 
  • Operational vehicle fleet is rationalised to maximise efficiency
  • Waste generation is avoided and minimised while recycling is increased
  • Purchasing decisions are made using a model that incorporates sustainability as part of the bottom line

Taronga Green

Taronga Green is a 'Take Action' team made up of a diverse range of staffrepresenting all facets of the Zoos. Taronga’s Sustainability Program acknowledges that workplace sustainability is everybody’s responsibility.

Taronga Green has an annual action plan which outlines how the group will assist with the implementation of green projects and intiatives. This helps drive sustainable culture and demonstrates leadership to the rest of the organisation.

Members of the team volunteer their lunch breaks to undertake bush regeneration at Taronga Zoo.

SITA & Taronga declared joint winners - Australian Business Award for Sustainability

SITA & Taronga declared joint winners - Australian Business Award for Sustainability
The Australian Business Award for Environmental Sustainability recognises organisations that demonstrate leadership and commitment to the protection of the environment.
 
 

Energy Management

Energy Management
Taronga has joined a government program to reduce energy use and as well as buying Green Energy, the Zoo is striving for ways to make its fleet of vehicals more environmentally friendly.

Water Use and Reuse

Water Use and Reuse
Sydney’s businesses account for a third of the city’s water use, but luckily Taronga is reducing water consumption and reusing waste water where ever it can.

Waste Management

Waste Management
Taronga Zoo’s public areas produce 35 tonnes of waste a month, but thanks to a comprehensive recycling policy, over 80 percent of that rubbish is diverted from landfill.

Animal Food Production

Animal Food Production
Taronga Zoo’s animals eat a wide variety of foods, some as exotic as the creatures that consume them, and some as common as the leaves of Eucalyptus trees.

Habitat Restoration

Habitat Restoration
The bushland that lines Sydney’s harbour foreshore is a national treasure, partly conserved by Taronga. There are some simple steps you can take to protect it for future generations.

Zoo Plants

Zoo Plants
From the fragrant gardenia, to the Wollemi Pine – a famous 'living fossil' – keep an eye out on your visit to Taronga Zoo for the extraordinary flora that compliments the animals in the Zoos’ care.

Emma Schaefer, Manager, Environment and Sustainability