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With the generous support and vision shown by Gretel Packer, an Executive Patron of the Taronga Foundation and Founding Patron of the Taronga Conservation Science Initiative, Taronga’s contribution to conservation science has expanded markedly. Our work encompasses many important areas of scientific endeavour from the enormous living organism that is the Great Barrier Reef to the tiny Corroboree Frog . Taronga scientists, partnering with other scientific agencies, bring diverse expertise to the quest to address specific environmental questions. The value of our collaborative work is the ultimate application of this knowledge - to make better informed wildlife and habitat management decisions.

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Learn more about our projects and partners:

Marine Ecology

Freezing the Reef

Freezing the Reef
Taronga CryoReserve is now home to over 200 billion cells from the Great Barrier Reef. These cells will be used better understand coral biology and increase resilience of the reef to environmental changes.

Hotspots for Marine Predators

Hotspots for Marine Predators
Tracking fur seals, penguins and other sea birds can tell us about our wildlife and our oceans, and how to best zone protected areas

Preventing Marine Mammal Entanglements

Preventing Marine Mammal Entanglements
A new alarm has been proposed to prevent whales become entangled in shark nets in Australian waters

Social networks and migration patterns of wild sharks

Wild Shark Social Networks
Taronga’s Marine Biologists are working to understand how grouping behaviour and movement patterns in sharks may affect their vulnerability to human threats such as overfishing and habitat destruction.

Fur Seals, Oceans and People

Fur Seals, Oceans and People
Fur seal populations are increasing in NSW, and interactions with people are increasing, Taronga Marine Biologists are asking how this will impact both species in the future

Terrestrial Ecology

Connecting Wildlife

Connecting Wildlife
We are helping to evaluate, improve and establish new corridors for wildlife in the Gosford area to decrease inbreeding and loss of biodiversity in the area

Conservation of Fijian Iguanas

Conservation of Fijian Iguanas
Abundance and species identification of newly discovered iguana species in Fiji will assist in conservation planning

Wildlife Health

Helping Frogs Fight a Deadly Fungus

Helping Frogs Fight a Deadly Fungus
Understanding frog immune response and adaptation to the deadly chytrid fungus could help conserve these endangered species.

Christmas island habitat health 

Identifying the enviornmental and health factors leading to the decline of the Christmas Island Flying Fox

Population Viability

Platypus Futures 

We are investigating threats facing Penguins and developing practical management strategies that can be implement to protect wild populations and improve ecosystem health.

Amphibian IVF

Amphibian IVF
In vitro fertilisation techniques can improve the reproduction and conservation of endangered frog species

Mate Choice and the Devil

Mate Choice and the Devil
Genetic make-up drives mate choice in females of many species including humans – we are asking is it true of the Tasmanian Devil

Animal Welfare

The Value of Human Wildlife Interactions 

We are using new techniques to monitor and optimise animal welfare and visitor experiences at Taronga.

Virtual Elephant Herds 

Testing the possibility of allowing Asian elephants of distant zoos to communicate with each other.

Benchmarking lion welfare

Benchmarking lion welfare
We are developing non-invasive techniques that will give us an objective marker of lion welfare and indicate the impact of changes in a lion’s environment

The Taronga Conservation Science Initiative will continue to grow and develop new research projects and programs. An important aim of this Initiative is not only to fund specific research projects but also to support specialist experts in critical areas of enquiry and engage students and the wider society in the value of science.

To further this work, Taronga has developed partnerships with highly respected institutions like the Smithsonian Institution, the Australian Institute for Marine Science and leading Australian universities, and is using mechanisms including the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants Scheme and grants from various Foundations, to help finance a number of these projects.

Whilst we have been very successful in securing these grants, much of this funding is conditional on Taronga also raising funds from private sources.  For every dollar we seek from our supporters, we have secured, on average, $4 from government and non-government agencies, making your contribution a highly effective one. 

The Taronga Conservation Science Initiative is proud to acknowledge Ms Gretel Packer as Founding Patron and our associates, partners and supporters:

TCSI Founding Patron




Ms Gretel Packer




TCSI Associates




Mr Peter Hall

Mr David Paradice

Mrs Roslyn Packer

 Ottomin Foundation

TCSI Partners




Ms Rebel Penfold Russell

Caledonia Foundation



TCSI Supporters




Mr Phillip Bacon

Mr Garry and Mrs Susan Rothwell

Ms Victoria Taylor


TCSI Donors




Ms Linda Newton

Ms Virginia De Michele

Ms Anna Dowe

Mr John and Mrs Alice Alexander

Mr Maurice Newman

Ms Francesca Hynes

Ms Georgina Strömland

Mr Peter and Mrs Jannette Miller

Mr Eric Braun

Mr Harold Shapiro

Ms Christina Ditfurth

Ms Rowena Danziger and Mr Ken Coles

Mr Guy Cooper

Ms Kellie Robertson

Ms Rachel Bourke

Dr Rebecca Spindler and Mr Duncan Bourne

Maddy Hart

Benjamin Barham

Ms Catherine Francis

Mrs Chantelle Ormandy-Stratton

Ms Jill Hoad

Ms Angela Lyos

Miss Violette Brahimi

Ms Francesca Packer Barham

Master Sam Fox

 Ms Sarah Whyte Mr James Carnegie Dr Sandra and Mr Graham Humphrey

Mr Cameron Mowat

Mrs Vanessa de Mestre Mrs Claudia Stahl and Family Sanchia and Violette Brahimi

Jessica and Sam Block

Max Townsend Mrs Robyn Bourke  Ms Sharon Hodgson