Sustainability

Sustainability

Taronga embeds sustainability at the core of our activities. We prioritise ecological sustainability for the protection of our natural environment and to act as a model for others.

Our vision

Taronga is committed to leading by example For the Wild. We prioritise ecological sustainability for the protection of our natural environment and the greater global environment.

Taronga is committed to reducing the impact of our zoos operation through a process of continual improvement and integration of our sustainability objectives into everything we do. 

Gold membership

In 2017, Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo were awarded gold partnership status under the Office of Environment and Heritage’s 'Sustainable Advantage' program. 

The gold status recognizes and showcases our efforts for outstanding environmental achievement, leadership and strong commitment to operate in a manner which is more environmentally attuned. Taronga is the 11th organization and the second government institution to have achieved this leading status. 

Savannah Function Centre
Savannah Function Centre

Sustainable energy

Taronga is committed to reducing fossil fuel, grid-based electricity consumption, which is responsible of over half of our total carbon footprint.

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Savannah Function Centre
Taronga maintains 20 separate waste streams to maximise diversion
Taronga maintains 20 separate waste streams to maximise diversion

Waste management

Taronga is committed to the conservation of wildlife through environmental sustainability. Some of our key achievements in sustainable waste and litter management at Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo include food waste, e-waste, general litter, plastic bottles, takeaway packaging and straws, coffee cups, balloons, plastic bags and sauce sachets.

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Taronga maintains 20 separate waste streams to maximise diversion
Marine turtles
Marine turtles

Water management

Taronga works continuously to identify water saving opportunities at both its Zoos, by recycling and reusing water, and reducing the use of fresh water.

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Marine turtles
Taronga supports Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification
Taronga supports Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification

Responsible sourcing

Taronga has a strong stance on environmental sustainability, animal welfare and conservation associated with food products it sells and serves at its various food outlets, functions and events.

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Taronga supports Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification
Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Taronga Institute of Science and Learning

Ecologically sustainable buildings

Buildings and major infrastructure have a significant impact on the environment during demolition, construction and on an ongoing basis during operations. At Taronga, we incorporate Ecologically Sustainable Design principles in all new developments.

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Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Advanced Ecotourism is the highest level of ECO Certification available.
Advanced Ecotourism is the highest level of ECO Certification available.

ECO Certification

Taronga has been awarded certification at the level of Advanced Ecotourism for it's operations at Taronga Zoo Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, Roar and Snore, Zoofari Lodge, Billabong Camp and Wild Ropes. 

This level of certification is awarded to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide educational opportunities for their visitors. Organisations with this certification are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, helping local communities and contributing to conservation of the environment.

Advanced Ecotourism is the highest level of ECO Certification available.