Boral YATZ Eco Fair Takes Shape at Taronga

Boral YATZ Eco Fair Takes Shape at Taronga

#Taronga Zoo Sydney

Posted on 18th April 2011 by Media Relations

The Youth At The Zoo program,


or YATZ, is comprised of almost 600 enthusiastic Australian kids, passionate


about educating the public about wildlife conservation. Boral YATZ has been running


for 10 years, passionately promoting awareness about conservation concerns by


running different environmental activities throughout


the year that the teenagers get involved in and the annual Eco Fair which is held by the kids at the Zoo. Today is


the day before the fair kicks off its three


day course and the YATZ volunteers are clearly excited. This is actually the


first year that the fair has been held for multiple


days rather than a one day event, and


as I ask them questions about YATZ and the impending Eco Fair, it is clear that


these guys are thrilled to be a part of this educational program.



What exactly is the YATZ program?



Jess: We’re a volunteer group


of 13 to 19-year-olds who come to the Zoo,


mostly during school holidays. We’re all about learning how to sustain the


future of the environment of the country where we live.



So what role does YATZ play in the Eco Fair that’s


launching tomorrow?



Jess: We basically run it.



Ryan: We’ll be there all day


helping to set up stalls and handing out fliers. We also try to talk to people


about the campaigns that are running, like the ‘Gorilla Campaign’. It’s a


pretty fun day.



Jess: The Gorilla Campaign


pushes for the recycling of mobile phones.



What are some of the other campaigns that you run?



Ryan: The ‘Don’t Palm Us Off’


campaign was really successful. We raised a lot of awareness about how the


natural habitats of a lot of different animals are being jeopardised through


palm oil plantations.



Jess: Some food companies changed their recipes so that they didn’t


include palm oil anymore.



Ryan: The ‘Sustainable


Seafood’ one is really important as well. Most people don’t know about the


problem of overfishing. The (fishing) methods that get used today will actually


wipe out a lot of fish by 2050 and that needs to stop.



You guys seem to be really successful in raising


awareness about these issues. So who comes to the Eco Fair?



Jess: It’s not just the


community who come down. A lot of our sponsors come down to hear what we have


to say, and to talk to us about anything that they want done too.



Josh: Boral is our major


sponsor. We have the logo sewn onto our shirts!



Jess: Sydney Water are also


usually there. Then there’s NRMA and other youth organisations that are


passionate about conservation like the AYCC (Australian Youth Climate


Coalition) and SYCAN (Sydney Youth Climate Action Network) are pretty big.



Great! Lastly, can you tell us about what activities


will be happening at the fair?



Ryan: Face painting is always


really popular. There’s also a big raffle and we hand out fliers about the


campaigns being run.



Jess: We also do


science-based activities like collecting Tassie Devil genes, and learning about


what specific genes do.



Josh: The Aboriginal


Education Officers are also doing singing and weaving demonstrations…



Jess: I wish we could do a


singing demonstration.



Josh: You could do a one-man


show, Jess?



The YATZ Eco Fair runs from Tuesday the 19th


of April to Thursday the 21st at Taronga Zoo's Backyard to Bush environmental exhibit. YATZ also recently took part in 'Clean Up Australia Day'. See their video below.