Tertiary Workshops

Tertiary Workshops

Rock Wallaby. photo: Tony Britt-Lewis

Booking details

Taronga Zoo Sydney offers workshops, tours and lectures tailored to complement tertiary study. During a 90 minute workshop, lecture or tour, participants will learn about issues at the heart of Taronga’s mission and experience the Zoo from a whole new perspective. 

Workshop content is developed and delivered by our researchers, veterinary staff, qualified educators, curators and keepers. Also included in enrolment are pre and post-visit activities. These will assist students in getting the most out of their experience and provide opportunities to apply concepts to a broader curriculum.

Availability: 9:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday, 90 minutes in duration.

Pricing: $250 per workshop plus $28.20 per student. Includes zoo admission and 1 coordinator free per 10 students.

  • Recommended group size is 12-30 students
  • All courses are currently only being offered at our Taronga Zoo Sydney location
  • Taronga is a not-for-profit organisation. Your payment goes towards our work for wildlife and conservation here and around the world
  • Click-through to 'more' on each workshop below to fill out the booking form
Platypus
Platypus

The evolution of Australian native wildlife

This workshop explores the diversity of Australian native wildlife with a special emphasis on how they have evolved to cope with Australia’s unique environment. Students investigate form, function and behaviour with a comparative approach that recognises evolutionary origins and how this affects the way different species have overcome environmental challenges.

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Platypus
Peacock displaying his feathers
Peacock displaying his feathers

The science of wildlife reproduction

From one offspring every two years to over 300 million each season, wildlife species have an enormous range of reproductive strategies. Using examples from the animal world, learn about the diversity of sexual tactics, anatomy, behaviours and the chemistry that makes partners attractive.

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Peacock displaying his feathers
Sunset, Taronga Zoo Sydney
Sunset, Taronga Zoo Sydney

Roles of the modern zoo

Zoos and aquariums now play an important role in conservation, scientific research, education, and connecting people with nature. With a unique relationship to their communities, zoos have the opportunity to influence visitors, the wider population and governing authorities. In this workshop, participants examine and discuss the ethics and implications of practices in today’s zoos as well as future directions.

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Sunset, Taronga Zoo Sydney
Southern Corroboree Frog
Southern Corroboree Frog

Small population management

The management of small captive populations can play an important role in conserving threatened species in the wild. This workshop deals with the theory and practice of maintaining small populations, with an emphasis on the relevance of species biology, demography and genetic factors to the conservation, management and restoration of wild populations.

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Southern Corroboree Frog
Taronga Green regularly organises local area clean ups
Taronga Green regularly organises local area clean ups

Leadership for a sustainable future

Taronga is dedicated to continually reducing our environmental footprint and strive to embed sustainable work practices into the core of our business. During this workshop, participants tour our facilities to see how we are reducing our environmental impacts in key areas such as water, energy and waste. Learn how we are achieving our objectives by setting appropriate targets, assigning responsibilities and allocating resources.

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Taronga Green regularly organises local area clean ups
Giraffe. Photo: Destination NSW
Giraffe. Photo: Destination NSW

Business, marketing and tourism

Taronga is a unique organisation and favourite tourist attraction. Investigate our marketing objectives, visitor research, marketing mix and public relations.

Interested in this workshop?

More information coming soon. For questions please get in touch with our University Course Coordinator, Lauren Cole, by emailing lcole@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Giraffe. Photo: Destination NSW
Taronga's Director of Welfare, Conservation and Science - Nick Boyle (left) and Director and Chief Executive - Cameron Kerr (right) at the 2019 CITES conference.
Taronga's Director of Welfare, Conservation and Science - Nick Boyle (left) and Director and Chief Executive - Cameron Kerr (right) at the 2019 CITES conference.

Applied conservation legislation

Learn how Taronga applies international to local legislation within our daily operations to ensure our conservation goals are met.

Interested in this workshop?

More information coming soon. For questions please get in touch with our University Course Coordinator, Lauren Cole, by emailing lcole@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Taronga's Director of Welfare, Conservation and Science - Nick Boyle (left) and Director and Chief Executive - Cameron Kerr (right) at the 2019 CITES conference.
Aldabra Giant Tortoise with Christmas-themed enrichment.
Aldabra Giant Tortoise with Christmas-themed enrichment.

Wildlife welfare and enrichment

Explore what is meant by animal welfare, the development of animal welfare measure, current research and what the Zoo is doing to ensure the best quality of life for its animals through enrichment. 

Interested in this workshop?

More information coming soon. For questions please get in touch with our University Course Coordinator, Lauren Cole, by emailing lcole@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Aldabra Giant Tortoise with Christmas-themed enrichment.
Historical image of Taronga Zoo Sydney's Heritage Archway (main entrance).
Historical image of Taronga Zoo Sydney's Heritage Archway (main entrance).

Zoo history tour

With over 100 years of history, we have many stories to share! Take a walk through time and see Taronga's heritage come alive!

Interested in this workshop?

More information coming soon. For questions please get in touch with our University Course Coordinator, Lauren Cole, by emailing lcole@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Historical image of Taronga Zoo Sydney's Heritage Archway (main entrance).

Internships and placement opportunities

If you are interested in receiving information about university internship and placement opportunities, please submit your details via our expression of interest form.

Internships and placement opportunities

If you are interested in receiving information about university internship and placement opportunities, please submit your details via our expression of interest form.