The Cammeraygal people are the traditional owners of the country upon which the Zoo stands. They were custodians of salt water lore – practicing culture, ceremony and law on what we now know as the northernshores of Sydney harbour. Taronga’s shoreline is Cammeraigal country governed by the stingray. We want to follow in their footsteps, protecting and teaching about our blue backyard, and all living things for the seasons and tides to come. 

Meet Ray of Light 

Stingrays are found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas, like Sydney Harbour and spend the majority of their time inactive, partially buried in sand, often moving only with the sway of the tide. Inquisitive and playful, stingrays have special electroreceptors which sense electric fields in the water to detect prey and other rays.

Taronga is working to protect Sydney Harbour, our blue backyard, and tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges facing our generation.....single-use plastics! Every day, plastic waste enters the ocean homes of stingrays and other marine animals, seriously impacting wildlife. Almost all the litter in the water around Sydney comes from the people who live here. 

Ever wondered where your trash goes? Well meet Ray. Ray of Light is made of over 3000 milk bottles collected by Taronga’s community and is here to show you that recycling is cool. We’re extending the life of a single-use plastic, while creating something beautiful at the same time. 

How can I help? 

We need to talk trash. There are over 5 trillion pieces of trash floating in our oceans, the majority of which is plastic. And because plastic breaks up not down, it never truly goes away! 

Keep our oceans plastic free by swapping single-use plastics like straws, coffee cups and water bottles, for reusable alternatives!