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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, bag 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!

What are the timings for the day?

Time: The day runs from 8:30am - 2:00pm.

To get here you can catch a ferry from Circular Quay or the 247 bus from Wynyard station. Please check public transport timetables at www.131500.com.au for further information.

Alternatively, parking is available at the Zoo at the day-rate of $17.

How many guests are there in the group?

There is a maximum of 6 guests for this program along with one of our experienced keepers who will be your host for the day.

What is the cost?

$240 per person for Wednesday dates.

$280 per person for Saturday dates.

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 conservation endeavours.

How do I make a booking?

Once you have selected an available date on our calendars down load the booking form located at the bottom of the page or please contact Keeper for a Day on (02) 9932 4220 or 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: Office hours are from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and bookings/gift certificates may take several working days to process.

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: Office hours are from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and bookings/gift certificates may take several working days to process.

How do I redeem a gift certificate?

Please contact Keeper for a Day on (02) 9932 4220 or keeperforaday@zoo.nsw.gov.au and provide the booking ID number on the gift certificate, your contact number and email address.

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, cheque or direct deposit payments (allowing several working days for payments to clear or postage time).

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 extreme conditions the program may be cancelled however, we would 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.

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 ensure to read the Terms and Conditions of entry before purchase.

Calendar

(Last updated 2.9.14  9.13am)

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Please note: Keeper for a Day only takes place on the dates that are colour coded on the calendars below. If the date is 'white', Keeper for a Day will not be running.

 

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