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Taronga Zoo is proud to offer a number of excellent Aboriginal education programs created in partnership with local Aboriginal communities with the aim to increase knowledge about Indigenous culture and provide opportunities and support for Aboriginal students.

Indigenous Programs include

Burbangana Program

This joint initiative run by Taronga Zoo and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services gives young people in care the opportunity to engage in a 12 week program where they will learn skills in animal and land care. Burbangana is a Dharug word of the Sydney language meaning ‘take my hand and help me up’ and aims to reawaken the spirit of belonging and reconnection with country and culture.

For more information, please contact:

Phone: (02) 9978


Animals of the Dreaming Zoomobile

Animals of the Dreaming Zoomobile is an inspiring program combining two fascinating aspects of unique Australia – native animals and the Dreamtime.  This program is delivered by Brewarrina Elder, Colin Hardy OAM and supported by our Indigenous zoo staff.  Col Hardy is the recipient of the Order of Australia, for recognition of his contribution to the community over many years. Col has also been recognised for his musical talent through the Tamworth Country Music Festival's 'Golden Guitar' award. It is Zoomobile's honour to have Col co-present Animals of the Dreaming.

Community Outreach

Through our Community and Cultural programs team, we have established a young women’s mentoring program. The program supports local organisations who work with young women who need some extra support and guidance in their lives. The program aims to mentor young women who are keen on working with animals and wish to further their skills and direction in the workforce.  The young women are referred to Taronga Zoo through the program co-ordinator.

At Taronga Zoo, we have collaborated with Juvenile Corrections Services to offer young men the opportunity to work and engage with staff and animals in and around the zoo. The program aims at building positive and respectful relationships for the young men in a work and community setting.This program also provides the young men with the potential to build their skills and knowledge that will further assist them in the wider community and with potential job opportunities.

For more information, please call:

Phone: (02) 9932 4221


Indigenous Training Opportunities

Supported by the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled funding, The Taronga Training Institute provides opportunities for Indigenous students to enroll and study in a range of accredited courses at Taronga Zoo.

For more information, please contact:

Taronga Training Institute

Phone: (02) 9978 4746