Taronga Institute of Science and Learning

Taronga Institute of Science and Learning

A living laboratory for conservation education and scientific investigation, built to empower the scientists of tomorrow.

We believe in a shared future, where wildlife and people don’t just live together, they thrive together.

Which is why we’re committed to creating new ways of using science and education to shape this future through research, collaboration and immersive learning.

To help us shape a future for wildlife and people, we’ve created the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, a world-class facility built right here in Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Taronga is home to the largest Zoo-based conservation science team in Australia and has been running formal education programs for more than 40 years. Now, students from preschool to PhD can to study, explore and be inspired by our growing team of scientists, researchers and wildlife field staff as they pioneer solutions to save species from the brink of extinction.

Through the Taronga Institute, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, we have the opportunity to shape the mindset of the next generation of conservationists and inspire them to action.

Commitment to education

The Taronga Institute, together with the Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo sites, 'brings science to life' and demonstrates stronger alignment between school education programs offered and the Australian and NSW curriculums.

Inspiring uptake of STEM subjects

Taronga’s aim is to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation scientists. The Taronga Institute supports the essential need for contextual authentic STEM learning and, together with the wider Zoo sites, provides authentic, interactive learning opportunities in an environment of working science. The co-location of teaching facilities and research labs creates tangible links between theory and practice.

Educating for our future

Education programs must inspire students and demonstrate clear links between classroom learning and outcomes to provide students with the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to contribute to conservation.

Immersive Habitat Classrooms

These multisensory spaces are the first of their kind in the world, themed around rainforest, desert and woodland habitats. A blend of living animal habitat and classroom, these spaces provide authentic learning experiences that align with curriculum priority areas.

Digital teaching lab

A digital teaching lab provides opportunities for rural and regional students to connect with Taronga’s learning programs and Taronga science.

Centre for scientific excellence

Within the Taronga Institute there are a range of purpose built laboratories, including a multi-disciplinary research laboratory, teaching laboratory and cryoreserve. These facilities have increased Taronga’s research capabilities and enabled further engagement and collaboration with universities globally to address key conservation issues.