Taronga’s Project Insitu is a highly successful community education program. It involves school children engaging their local community to take action in helping save a locally threatened species.
Past Project Insitu programs have included Little Penguins of Manly, Booroolong Frogs of Tumbarrumba, Regent Honeyeaters of the Capertee Valley and Chiltern and Platypus in the Western Regions. Projects run on varying scales depending on the funding available and the size of the region.
Each project is initiated by a visit from Taronga’s Zoomobile to make students aware of the plight of the chosen species. They are motivated to become a part of the solution and challenged to create awareness and behaviour change in their local community.
Students visit the Zoo and they go ‘in situ’ to hear from Zoo and community experts such as the local Office of Environment and Heritage, Council and community volunteers to learn about the current actions for the animal’s recovery and how the community could help if they were made aware.
In 2010 Project Penguin won the highly prestigious Zoo Aquarium Association’s Education Award.
During Term 3, 2014, 160 school students from Holy Cross Primary, Kincumber, St John the Baptist , Woy Woy and mentors from St Joseph's, East Gosford and St Edwards, were invited to undertake this learning program to become Yellow-bellied Glider guardians, habitat experts and active participants in the development of wildlife corridors.