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Hi kids! Want to be a zoo keeper but too young to join YATZ or volunteer?

Junior Keeper for a Day is a specially designed hands-on day for children aged 8 - 12 years old who’d like to work with animals or in the conservation field 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, Junior Keeper for a Day participants will meet some of Taronga Zoo's Australian native animals up close and learn how we can care for them and protect them into the future.

Junior Keeper for a Day is an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity to get really close to some of Taronga Zoo’s most popular animals!

FAQs

What are the age requirements for this program?

Age: 8 - 12 years old.

Unfortunately, this does mean that we are unable to accept any children younger than 8 years old for this program.

What are the timings for the day?

Time: 10am – 3pm.

However, you're welcome to arrive from 9:45am to allow time for signing in, asking questions, applying sunscreen etc.

How many children are in the group?

There is a maximum of 15 children for this program.

What is the cost?

$95 per child.

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, 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 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 contact Keeper for a Day on (02) 9932 4220 or 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, cheque 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 Junior 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.

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.

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 2.9.14 at 09.12am)

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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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Further dates aren't available for bookings at this time.