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Book week at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Children's Literature Lights Up Biodiversity Month!

September is a special time to appreciate the world’s diverse array of flora and fauna. September is BIODIVERSITY MONTH and 7th September marks NATIONAL THREATENED SPECIES DAY. To help NSW students celebrate this important time, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, have created educational and interactive video conferences that showcase the wonderful animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, many of which feature in Aleesah’s well-loved books.


Aleesah and the Zoo Education Officers will talk about books, animals, natural habitats and how we can help save our endangered species. In various sessions, Aleesah will read her books Little Meerkat, Puggle’s Problem, and Fangs and explain the inspiration behind her delightful animal stories. Zoo Education Officers will introduce some amazing animals such as meerkats, echidnas, possums, snakes and crocodiles plus many others. Face-to-face sessions offer hands-on opportunities for students. Curriculum Topics: Australian Animals, Narrative Writing, English, Picture Books, Science/Biodiversity.

Stage Targeted

  • K-4

Workshop Topic

  • Meerkat Magic
  • Echidnas and Aussie Animals
  • Fangs


Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September 2014


Option 1: Face-To-Face Workshop

Visit the Zoo and participate in a workshop. Cost is $12.00 per student and includes entry to the Zoo. Minimum group size is 20 participants.

Option 2: Virtual Excursions

Virtual Excursions cost is $120.00 + GST per class and must be booked through DART connections: A maximum of 5 classes will be booked on per session.


Download the booking form here.