Shows and Keeper Talks

Shows and Keeper Talks

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Watch and play alongside meerkats, gorillas, Asian Elephants and more. Plan your day around our daily shows and Keeper talks for an action-packed visit.

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QBE Free-Flight Bird Show. Photo: Chloe Precey
QBE Free-Flight Bird Show. Photo: Chloe Precey

QBE Free-flight Bird Show

Have you ever seen an Andean Condor spread its three-metre wide wings? Learn about the condor and other exotic birds such as the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo and Galah, as they fly against the iconic Sydney Harbour skyline.

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QBE Free-Flight Bird Show. Photo: Chloe Precey
Maximus. Photo: Paul Fahy
Maximus. Photo: Paul Fahy

Seal show

Watch our graceful seals catch fish, climb and dive in this dynamic display. You’ll see species such as the Australian sea lion, Californian sea lion, and New Zealand fur seal show off their natural abilities while you learn about their marine environment.

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Maximus. Photo: Paul Fahy
Jai Dee playing in the elephant paddock pools. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Jai Dee playing in the elephant paddock pools. Photo: Chris Wheeler

ANZ Asian Elephant keeper talk

Meet the members of Taronga’s Asian Elephant herd up close, including its newest calf, Jai Dee. You’ll learn how this matriarchal family runs first-hand, and how our Keepers play with Jai Dee to keep the energetic, inquisitive calf happy and healthy.

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Jai Dee playing in the elephant paddock pools. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Elephant Tower Experience
Elephant Tower Experience

Elephant tower experience

See our elephants from new heights! Climb the stilt house above Taronga’s Asian Elephant yard, and watch over the herd as they play below you. 

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Elephant Tower Experience
Giraffe. Photo: Bobby Jo Vial
Giraffe. Photo: Bobby Jo Vial

Giraffe keeper talk

Did you know that giraffes can see up to 2 kilometres into the distance? Our expert Keepers will introduce you to these gentle giants, and tell you what makes them wonderfully unique.

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Giraffe. Photo: Bobby Jo Vial
Our meerkat mob
Our meerkat mob

Meerkat keeper talk

Meet the lively Meerkat family of Taronga Zoo Sydney. Watch this ramshackle troop at feeding time as they munch on insects, fruits, and vegetables. 

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Our meerkat mob
Baby gorilla Mwamba. Photo: Marissa Gillies
Baby gorilla Mwamba. Photo: Marissa Gillies

Gorilla keeper talk

Meet our band of gorillas, and learn about their social dynamics in this fascinating talk. Discover why females tend to leave the troop, and how food puzzles stimulate their intellect.

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Baby gorilla Mwamba. Photo: Marissa Gillies
Chimpanzee mother Ceres with baby Cebele. Photo: Rick Stevens
Chimpanzee mother Ceres with baby Cebele. Photo: Rick Stevens

Chimpanzee keeper talk

Observe how chimpanzee family dynamics work up close, as the troop has their midday feed. You’ll find out what happens when a baby chimp transitions to being an adult, what’s threatening their numbers in the wild, and how your old mobile phone can help in preserving their habitat.

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Chimpanzee mother Ceres with baby Cebele. Photo: Rick Stevens
Fiordland Penguin. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Fiordland Penguin. Photo: Chris Wheeler

Penguin keeper talk

Our expert Keepers take you on the penguin’s journey, from washed up sick and injured on Australian beaches, to rehabilitated at Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital, and finding a new home at the Zoo. 

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Fiordland Penguin. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Carpet Python
Carpet Python

Reptile keeper talk

Come face to face with a Black-headed Python or Blue Tongue Lizard - if you dare! You’ll be able to pat and snap photos with your favourite Australian reptiles. Plus, chat to our expert Keepers about zoo life.

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Carpet Python
Baby goat enjoying some hay
Baby goat enjoying some hay

Farm feed

Did you know that the alpaca’s padded hooves make for less compaction on soil, which is better for the environment? In this kid-friendly session, you’ll meet alpacas, goats, sheep and chickens, and learn about how we work towards sustainable farming.

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Baby goat enjoying some hay
Baby goat anticipates going for a walk
Baby goat anticipates going for a walk

Farm animal walk

Looking for a kid-friendly experience? Go for a walk with some of our farmyard animals along the Kids Trail. You’ll learn about the animals’ lives on the Taronga farm, what sustainable farming is, and how we can do our bit for the environment. 

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Baby goat anticipates going for a walk
Domestic guinea pig and rabbit
Domestic guinea pig and rabbit

Pat a pet

Cuddle up to our petite pets with this family-friendly experience. You’ll pat rabbits, guinea pigs and other residents of the Backyard to Bush exhibit. Plus, learn our tips for responsible pet ownership.

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Domestic guinea pig and rabbit
Koala joey, Baxter, with mother Mallee
Koala joey, Baxter, with mother Mallee

Koala keeper talk

18 to 20 hours a day - that’s how long a koala sleeps. Find out why from our expert Keepers, as you watch our cuddly marsupials resting in the exhibit’s eucalyptus trees.

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Koala joey, Baxter, with mother Mallee
Keeper Gabe Virgona with a Huntsman spider
Keeper Gabe Virgona with a Huntsman spider

Spider keeper talk

Do you know what to do if you get bitten by a spider? Our Keepers will take you through a web of spider facts, such as where their two(!) stomachs sit, and whether their legs can grow back.

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Keeper Gabe Virgona with a Huntsman spider
Komodo Dragon
Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon keeper talk

What would a komodo dragon do with a 25kg pig carcass? Learn about the ruthless eating habits of the largest lizard in the world, first-hand from the Reptile Keepers who feed them. 

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Komodo Dragon