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Have you ever wondered how Taronga Zoo’s keepers train a seal, a lion or even an elephant?

Come behind the scenes for a once in a lifetime experience at Taronga Zoo and learn about animal training from the experts!

The Animal Training is a course designed to give you a peek at the skills, know-how and animal training techniques used by our keepers at Taronga. This course is held over two full days and an accredited assessment pathway is offered during this course if desired. Successful completion will lead to a Statement of Attainment in ACMGAS306A Assist with conditioning animals.

Your course will be facilitated by one of Taronga Zoo’s expert Animal Trainers. You will spend part of your time in the classroom learning about the theory around training and part of your time out and about in the Zoo seeing these principles put into practice with some of the animals in the Zoo's collection.

Where is the course held?

Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.

Entry Requirements

Minimum age requirement for this course is 16 years of age.

To be eligible for the issue of a Statement of Attainment for the unit ACMGAS306A Assist with conditioning animals you must provide proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete all assessments associated with this course. Please note: If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident you are welcome to participate in the course but we are not able to issue you with a statement of attainment for the completion of the course at this time. Note about assessments: Some of the assessments associated with this course will be completed while the student is attending the course, others may require work in your own time and need to be submitted after the course has finished.

Dates and times for 2016*

Program runs for two full days - 8am to 5pm:

  • Dates for 2016 coming soon! To register your interest, email
*Dates subject to change and pending minimum numbers


The costs per course are $395 per person.

If you have any questions or would like to express interest in enrolling please email