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Taronga Zoo's Indigenous History

Taronga proudly acknowledges the Cammeraigal people, their Country, spirit and traditions as customary owners of the country upon which the Zoo stands. We recognise and respect the people of the Cammeraigal, a southern clan group of the Guringai. Their spirit lives on. We proudly acknowledge them and all Indigenous peoples past and present, and welcome everyone to Taronga Zoo.


Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo have a rich and varied history that dates back to 1884 when the first zoo in New South Wales opened in Sydney on a site known as Billy Goat's Swamp.