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Hi, I am Natasha, Aboriginal Education Officer at Taronga Zoo. Since recently starting at the zoo I've been caught up in school holiday fever with all the NAIDOC celebrations that are going on in the Zoo. NAIDOC week recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their contributions to the Australian community.

During these three fun-filled weeks, our QBE Free Flight Bird Show presents special Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander themes. Aboriginal co-presenters including me are onstage with the bird show keepers during this amazing show highlighting the significant links that birds have with our indigenous cultures.

With the city skyline in the background and some amazing flying by the birds, I have to admit that I’m pinching myself at this amazing opportunity. During the show there is a dreaming story of how birds first got their colours as well as how important Emu eggs are in Aboriginal culture. As always there is a great finale featuring one of the show's birds of prey. The aerial hunters can include eagles and condors. Birds of prey are also of very significant in indigenous cultures across the world.

- Education Officer Natasha

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