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Adult Keeper For A Day

Keeper for a Day is an amazing experience that takes you behind-the-scenes into the daily lives of our keepers and gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get really close to some of Taronga Zoo’s most popular animals.

As a Keeper for a Day, participants may be able to try their hand at tasks such as preparing food and devising enrichment activities, cleaning enclosures and feeding and meeting some of our animals. Each day is different and you never know what you'll end up doing! This program will take you to places not seen by the general public and show you a whole new side to Taronga!

As part of a small group of six or less people, you will be assigned to one of our experienced keepers, who will be your host for the day.

The day includes an “official” Keeper for a Day shirt and morning tea.

Please be aware that while we do our best to make every second enjoyable for guest,  schedules and activities are subject to change and no specific activities and/or animal encounters can be guaranteed.

FAQs

What are the age requirements for this program?

Age: 18 years and over.

Unfortunately, this does mean that we are unable to accept any guests younger than 18 years old for this program but please take a look at our Junior or Cadet Keeper for a Day programs!

There must be a minium of 3 people booked in on the day for the program to run. (See below for more information.)

What are the timings for the day?

The day runs from 8:30am - 2:00pm on Saturdays, and Wednesdays. To get here you can catch a ferry from Circular Quay or the 247 bus from Wynyard station. Alternatively, parking is available at the Zoo at the day-rate of $18 (first 90minutes free). Visit our Getting Here page for more information.

How many guests are there in the group?

There is a maximum of 6 guests for the adult program along with one of our experienced keepers who will be your host for the day. Please note that the program must have a minimum of 3 people booked in to proceed. If we have insufficient bookings we'll contact you the week before to organise another date that suits you. 

What is the cost?

  • $300 per person for Wednesday dates.*
  • $340 per person for Saturday dates.*

*Our prices increased on July 1st, 2016. 

Zoo entry is included so guests are more than welcome to stay and wander the zoo until closing. All funds raised through Taronga’s activities and experiences contribute to Taronga’s operations and global conservation endeavours.

How do I make a booking?

Once you have seen an available date on our calendars download the booking form located at the bottom of the page and email to keeperforaday@zoo.nsw.gov.au. You will need to provide your contact details as the booker, the name of the guest/s and arrange payment. 

Please note: This inbox is monitored on a part time basis, so bookings and gift certificates may take several working days to process. Please also note that the program must have a minimum of 3 people booked in to proceed. If we have insufficient bookings we'll contact you the week before to organise another date that suits you.  

What if I don't want to book for a specific date just yet?

No problem! We can always arrange a gift certificate with you; our gift certificates are valid for 6 months.

Again, you will just need to provide your contact details as the booker, the name of the guest/s, any message you would like us to include on the gift certificate and arrange payment.

Please note: The inbox is monitored on a part time basis, so bookings and gift certificates may take several working days to process.  

How do I receive my gift certificate?

Gift certificates are sent electronically to help Taronga reduce our carbon emissions, paper waste and postage costs! Please ensure you write your e-mail address clearly on the booking form to ensure minimal errors. Please make also check your Spam message/Junk e-mail folders, as sometimes a certificate may be redirected in there. 

How do I redeem a gift certificate that was gifted to me?

Please contact Keeper for a Day via e-mail: keeperforaday@zoo.nsw.gov.au and provide the booking ID number on the gift certificate, your contact number and email address. Please also specify if there are any medical conditions/allergies/mobility issues that we need to be aware of. 

When and how do I pay?

Payment is required at the time of booking to secure placement/s. We can accept MasterCard or Visa credit/debit cards only.

What animals will I get to work with?

Keeper for a Day participants should expect to experience a variety of animals and divisions within Taronga Sydney. They will help to prepare food, clean out enclosures, create enrichments activities and feed and meet some of our animals.

Animal health and welfare or changes to our collection may alter the program but we will endeavour to ensure that all of the day's activities will create lasting memories.

What do we need to bring on the day?

Keeper for a Day includes morning tea and your own 'Keeper for a Day' t-shirt! Lunch and afternoon tea is not supplied. Food can be purchased on the day but it is strongly recommended that guests bring their lunch to avoid lunchtime crowds. Appropriate food storage and refrigeration is provided.

Keeper for a Day guests should bring:

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for wearing outdoors and in what could be dirty conditions!
  • Protective, closed footwear
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Weather appropriate clothing (rain jacket, hat, sunglasses etc.)
  • Camera

What happens if the day I've booked is forecasted to be rainy/windy/hot?

Taronga’s keepers work in all weather conditions so our Keeper for a Day programs are all-weather events too! We advise that appropriate clothing is worn for the day and precautions are taken.

In the rare event of extreme conditions the program may be cancelled. We will be in contact with you to reschedule.

What happens if I am feeling unwell on the day?

Participants suffering from colds, flu or gastroenteritis will be restricted access to some animals. Participants must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For Corporate Bookings and Special Event:

Please contact us via e-mail on keeperforaday@zoo.nsw.gov.au to discuss options. 

Conditions of Booking

Bookings are non-refundable but can be rescheduled or transferred in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

Please also note that the program must have a minimum of 3 people booked in to proceed. If we have insufficient bookings we'll contact you the week before to organise another date that suits you.  

Please be aware that activities and schedules are subject to change with no notice at Staff Discretion.

Taronga Zoo cannot guarantee a nut-free environment, please contact us for further information.

 

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(Last updated 28.11.2016 - 16:41 AEST)

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Please also note that the program must have a minimum of 3 people booked in to proceed. If we have insufficient bookings we'll contact you the week before to organise another date that suits you.