Teenagers took over Taronga’s Backyard to Bush environmental exhibit today when it showcased its innovative Boral Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) program, at the annual Eco Fair. “We had a great program of activities that was coordinated by qualified teachers and industry professionals. Everyone had the opportunity to get involved in some hands-on environmental workshops, animal encounters, career advice, market and information stalls and competitions.” Some of the fun, interactive stalls on the day included native Australian animal encounters, Native Bee Honey Tasting, Aboriginal song and dance, recycling and bush regeneration activities, building native animal habitat workshops, responsible pet care information, face painting as well as making enrichment toys for some of Taronga Zoo’s animals. The annual YATZ Eco Fair offered a great ‘hands on’ experience for zoo visitors, with workshops that focus on environmental conservation and wildlife protection. It’s was also a great chance for young people to see what it’s like to be a YATZ member. YATZ is a fun, educational program for 13 to 19 year olds who are keen to take action to improve their local environment while increasing their knowledge of wildlife, the roles zoos play in society and their awareness of important environmental issues. Education Officer, Lucinda Cveticanin, said the program, which began in September, 2001 with just 22 members now boasts more than 600 members from Sydney and interstate.