Taronga launches Nura Diya Aboriginal Wildlife Experience

Taronga launches Nura Diya Aboriginal Wildlife Experience

#Culture, #Taronga Zoo Sydney

Posted on 13th March 2012 by Media Relations

Taronga Zoo has launched a new Aboriginal wildlife tour, showcasing the strong link between Aboriginal people, their culture and wildlife.Developed with Aboriginal people, and led by an Aboriginal Guide, Nura Diya takes visitors on a walk-through introduction to Australia’s wildlife presenting an indigenous perspective set to the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.Aboriginal Education Officer, Natasha Mooney, said: “The opportunity to educate people about the oldest living culture on earth, including native wildlife that has evolved with it, is very exciting.

Taronga’s wildlife conservation goals are closely linked to Aboriginal traditions of caring for country. The small tour groups will provide intimate photo opportunities with many native animals such as kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies and emus. The tour runs for two hours each morning and includes morning tea at the Harbour View Café. Mornings are a very special time at Taronga as all the animals are awake and active, busy eating their breakfast and exploring their exhibits.

Taronga Zoo is located on traditional Cammeraigal County and acknowledges the Cammeraigal people, their Country, spirit and traditions as customary owners of the land.

Further Information: Tour departs daily at 9:45am. Small personalised group tour fully escorted by expert Aboriginal Guides. Photo opportunities with many native animals such as native birds, kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Spot echidnas, birds and reptiles in a realistic Blue Mountains gorge exhibit dotted with the prehistoric Wollemi Pine trees whose ancestors date back over 65 million years. Learn about the traditional uses of native plants for food, tools and medicine. Enjoy a relaxing morning tea at Harbourview Café. Includes all day Taronga Zoo admission and Sky Safari cable car use.