It actually stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Taronga Zoo celebrates for three weeks every year providing an opportunity for visitors to discover more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture.
Until the 15th of July there is a range of additional indigenous-themed activities for visitors including, face painting, weaving, games and a themed QBE Free Flight Bird Show.
There’s great new sculptural artworks in the recently-restored Main Entrance plaza including:
- A canoe, a fishing line and a fish – interpreting Cammeraigal saltwater culture
- A Red-necked Wallaby and a Cammeraigal blade – acknowledging traditional connections to Country.
- A goanna, angophora leaves and Regent Honeyeaters – reinforcing the connections between caring for Country and Taronga’s wildlife conservation.
- A mother and child Jabiru, or Black-necked Stork.
- A Tasmanian Devil modelled on an original creation made of seaweed.
Besides NAIDOC celebrations, there’s a great way for everyone to learn more about indigenous culture on Nura Diya, Taronga’s Aboriginal Discovery Tour, where visitors can discover more about the oldest living culture on earth as it evolves into the future.