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April 2013 YATZ holiday activities
These April school holidays YATZ had a great time contributing and helping out in and around the zoo! We all took part in many fun activities including YATZeD, Section, Zoo Adventures, Sydney Water campaigns, and a very exciting camping trip to Victoria to help out with the release of the endangered Regent Honeyeater.
YATZeD was held every day, each day being a different theme, some of which included Mammal Day, Animal Photography Day, Animal Enrichment Day, and much more. Everybody loved coming to the zoo for the day to participate in YATZeD, learnt a lot about animals and conservation, and had heaps of fun!
Section was definitely very popular amongst YATZ! Usually in the mornings for a few hours, YATZ came to the zoo and were allocated a division to work in e.g. Primates, Ungulates, Birds, Reptiles, Backyard to Bush, Bug house, Australian Mammals and Nocturnal animals. YATZ helped the keepers out with jobs such as cleaning, food preparation, keeper talks, feeding and anything else the keepers needed help with.
Zoo Adventures is a school holiday program for children aged 5-12 years. The kids participated in a range of fun activities around the zoo, such as craft, animal encounters and behind the scenes tours, and learnt loads about wildlife, conservation and other animals. YATZ spent the day with the kids, helped the hosts out by engaging them in fun activities, and making sure they had a great day out!
Sydney Water Campaign:
The zoo is involved in many campaigns that contribute to animal and environmental conservation. The aim is to educate the general public in ways which they can be sustainable, in order to give animals and the environment a brighter future. These holidays the focus was Sydney Water, and every day YATZ came to the zoo and engaged the public in different activities that gave them some knowledge about what Sydney Water does. Visitors also learnt about how they can be more sustainable, such as drinking tap water, and how to effectively manage the water in and around their homes. The visitors really enjoyed learning from YATZ, and YATZ found these activities very rewarding.
Regent Honeyeater trip:
A definite highlight of the holidays was the very exciting Regent Honeyeater trip! 15 YATZ were selected to spend a week in Chiltern, a small town located in Victoria, to assist in the release of 38 Regent Honeyeaters at Mt. Pilot National Park. These beautiful, critically endangered birds were bred at Taronga Zoo, which had prepared for years for this very special release.
YATZ arrived at Chiltern and assisted the keepers in preparing for the birds’ arrivals, such as setting up the large tents that acted as the Regents’ temporary homes, as well as setting up some tracking equipment. When the Regent Honeyeaters arrived, we were privileged enough to collect some of them from the airport, and were also lucky enough to witness the medical checks, as well as the fitting of the tracking equipment.
Over the next few days, YATZ spent their time working with local schools, and enjoyed educating the enthusiastic students about the Regent Honeyeater Project, and what they can do, both as individuals and a community in helping the birds around their area. The students benefited from our visit, and had a great time!
One of the most exciting moments of the trip was the release itself. Along with heaps of volunteers, members of Birdlife Australia and some zoo staff, YATZ watched as the birds gained confidence and flew out of the tents. What a sight!
This release was extremely significant and important for Regent Honeyeaters, and boosted their numbers in the wild. Currently, the released Regent Honeyeaters are thriving in their new homes, and there are still many volunteers tracking the birds.
The trip to Chiltern was by far one of the most memorable experiences for us YATZ that we had ever had!
To read the daily blogs of YATZ members, recounts on the days at the primary schools (written by the students), and more information on the Regent Honeyeater Project, click here
Overall, these school holidays were packed with great activities, learning, meeting new people, and having lots of fun for all YATZ members, and we are all looking forward to next holidays!
By Maya Yaffe, YATZ member.
January 2013 YATZ holiday activities
During the Summer school holidays YATZ members enjoyed a huge range of activities including:
- Induction for new YATZ members
- Zoo Adventures school holiday program
- Dinosaurs in the Wild
- Sustainable Seafood conservation campaign
- Working with keeping sections
YATZeD is where loads of YATZ come together to learn about different things in and around the zoo such as the Careers day & the Invertebrate day. YATZeD also includes walks, bush regeneration, photography day, camps, excursions and more!
Induction for new YATZ members is a great way to meet new people & to get involved with the Zoo and learn what YATZ is all about. New YATZ should attend this activity.
Zoo Adventures holiday program brings loads of young kids together for a great fun day at the zoo, helping kids learn about animals, wildlife and conservation & things to learn in everyday life. Kids engage in craft and also go behind the scenes to learn about the animals, ensuring that the kids have a really amazing day at the zoo!
YATZers help out with all of these activities so it’s a great activity if you love and enjoy working with kids!
Dinosaurs in the Wild: During Dinosaurs in the Wild, YATZ got to tell the public about animals becoming extinct and how we have the ability to save the species of today. All around the zoo were massive moving dinosaurs, so life-like!
Sustainable Seafood conservation campaign: Campaigns can have a massive influence on the general public and visitors to the zoo. They can teach people how to care for the environment and the animals and their habitats, while learning about all these wonderful things. YATZ help kids to do art, have their face painted and other fun things. The Sustainable Seafood campaign aims to educate zoo guests about the different types of fish people are eating and how this affects the ocean and marine life. YATZ run activities that involve kids fishing in a baby pool with canned seafood-kids have to pick the right can that is based on sustainable seafood stocks. If kids ‘catch’ the right can they got a temporary tattoo!
Working on keeping section is where YATZ come in the morning and get given an area where zoo keepers need help e.g. Reptiles, Bird Show, Australian mammals, Nocturnal area and also Primates.
YATZ help with cleaning, feeding and also keeper talks, it gives you a sneak peek into what being a zoo keeper is all about. It’s really fun!
So these are all the things YATZ are involved in throughout the January holidays. YATZ really enjoyed it all!
By Gemma Collinson, YATZ member
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