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Do you want to work with animals when you’re older? Do you like the Zoo but you’re not where to start? Keeper for a Day Cadets might be what you are looking for!

Keeper for a Day Cadets is a specially designed hands-on day for children aged 12 - 17 years old who’d like to work with flora and fauna or in job that means they contribute to the protection of the natural world when they grow up! Hosted by our team of dedicated Educators, participants learn the daily routines and expectations of a Taronga Keeper.

Through a range of interactive activities and special behind the scenes visits, Cadet Keeper for a Day participants will meet some of Taronga's animals up close and learn how we can care for them and protect them into the future.

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

FAQs

What are the age requirements for this program?

Age: 12 - 17 years old. 

NOTE: We've recently amended the age of kids able to attend our Cadet session! 

What are the timings for the day?

Time: The day runs from 10am – 3pm.

How many children are in the group?

The program is carefully capped to ensure participants have 

What is the cost?

$110.00

How do I make a booking?

Once you have selected an available date on our calendars below, download the booking form located at the bottom of the page and email to keeperforaday@zoo.nsw.gov.au. or fax to 02 9978 4508

You will need to provide your contact details as the booker, the name and age of the child/ren you're booking for 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 and age of the child/ren you're booking for, 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 email us at keeperforaday@zoo.nsw.gov.au with the name and age of the guest, your email address (so that we can send you a confirmation email) as well as the booking ID number on the gift certificate.

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

What do we need to bring on the day?

We will provide the children with a morning snack and their own 'Keeper for a Day' t-shirt but you will need to provide them with a packed lunch and refillable water bottle for the day.

You will also need to ensure that your Cadet Keeper has clothes that you won't mind them getting dirty, closed toe shoes and weather appropriate items e.g. hat, sunglasses, rain jacket etc.

Can I come in with the kids on the day?

Sorry, 12-17 year olds only!

Parent's are welcome to visit the Zoo but you'll need to buy a ticket from admissions. Please note whilst you may occassionally see the kids when they're out on Zoo grounds, you won't be able to follow them while they're on the program as they also go to restricted the behind the scenes areas. 

Other options for parents while the kids attend Keeper for a Day are to visit the local shops (there's even a few day spa's around should you need a bit of relaxation!), or the National Park down the road. There's also a beach nearby if it's a sunny day! 

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 provided 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.

Is there a photo to take home of their experience? 

Unfortunately no, but if you'd like a photo please send a camera with your child and our hosts will be happy to take photos for you. (This way the kids get to take their own photos too!) 

Do you do birthday parties?  

Sorry, no! 

You could always have your own party after the program concludes.

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.

 

Calendar

(Last updated 09.05.2016 at 13:08 AEST)

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