Zoo Adventures

Zoo Adventures

Summer holiday bookings now open!

Join the Wild Squad with Taronga’s Zoo Adventurers! This fun, educational holiday program for kids aged 5 to 10 years old will take them on an exciting zoo journey to learn about animals and the environments they live in.

Children will be amazed and excited on this unique school holiday program, as they join in animal themed activities and meet our wonderful keepers who care for the animals that live at Taronga Zoo Sydney. 

Summer 2019 program

Dinosaurs have returned to Taronga and this Summer Zoo Adventurers will travel back in time as our amazing animatronic dinosaurs move, chomp, spit and roar their way through the grounds, bringing these giants to life!

As we explore we will link each dinosaur to animals of today and Zoo Adventurers will learn what action Taronga takes to help them and what we can do ‘For the Wild’ so the threatened species of today don’t suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs. 

There will be action, adventure and excitement every day as Zoo Adventurers come face-to-face with the dinosaurs and enjoy Wild Squad favourites such as the Sky Safari, meet a keeper experiences, photo opportunities, animal encounters, crazy craft, educational activities, shows, talks and more! 

Be sure that your little Palaeontologist gets to experience the thrill of dinosaurs these school holidays, before they become extinct again!

What to expect

Every Zoo Adventure includes:

  • A ride on the Sky Safari
  • Interactive animal encounters
  • A photo keepsake to take home
  • Meet a Keeper 
  • See the Seal Show or QBE Free-flight Bird Show
  • Explore the interactive playground
  • Daily missions
  • Professional, enthusiastic, fun loving staff to assist and enhance your Zoo Adventurers experience

What to bring

Adventurers should bring a packed lunch and snacks for the day, as well as a refillable water bottle. And to be prepared for all weather, we also suggest you bring a hat, sunscreen and wet weather gear, just in case.

Please note that the Zoo Adventures t-shirt must be worn during the visit, to help our staff identify children in a busy environment.

Available dates

Zoo Adventures runs on select days during the school holidays. Dates available for booking are below.

2 - 4 January 2019 (Week 1)

DateAvailability

Wednesday 2 January

Brachiosaurus: Elephants

Today we start our adventure with the great herbivores of Taronga. We’ll meet Brachiosaurus, the giants of their age. Eating hundreds of kilos of food a day and swallowing rocks to aid digestion, a Brachiosaurus poop was the size of a small car, imagine cleaning that up!  

Sharing similar features to the Brachiosaurus are our largest living animals at Taronga, Asian Elephants making them our focus animal for the day. 

Thursday 3 January

Carnotaurus: Marine Mammals

Let’s meet the great bulls of Taronga today. Carnotaurus had arms even smaller than T-Rex but was one of the most powerful hunters of its time. With an axe like neck, blade like teeth, strange skull crests and lightning speed they share similar features to seals, our focus animals today.

Let’s explore Great Southern Oceans and visit our Seal Show to watch these amazing marine mammals in action today.  

Friday 4 January

Utahraptor: Primates

With feathers & fur, scientists now believe that dinosaurs were not the cold blooded, slow moving reptiles we once thought they were. Raptors had complex behaviours and were very intelligent animals.  A large sickle shaped claw completed a highly skilled predator. 

Primates are also very intelligent, making and using tools and living in complex social structures so will be our focus animal today.

7 - 11 January 2019 (Week 2)

DateAvailability

Monday 7 January

Triceratops: Giraffe

Today we meet a very popular dinosaur, Triceratops.  With 3 horns on the forehead, these herd animals had an awesome defence against predators and an amazing display to others of its kind. A sharp beak and teeth made short work of the cretaceous plants of the day.   

Living in herds, sporting multiple horns on the head and a mouth adapted to eat the toughest of plants, Giraffe will be our focus animal today. 

Tuesday 8 January

Tyrannosaurus Rex: Tasmanian Devils

Today we meet the most perfect predator to have ever walked the Earth – T-Rex. The ‘Tyrant Lizard’ has a name well earned - this massive carnivore was a walking mouth on legs. Brandishing sixty dagger-like teeth in a reinforced skull these jaws had the strongest bite force of any other on the planet.

Sharing similar features to T-Rex, Tasmanian Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world and, for their size, have the strongest bite strength of any land animal on the planet so will be our focus animal today.

Wednesday 9 January

Suchomimus: Reptiles

Today we explore the watery depths, looking for fish eating predators lurking below. Suchomimus had a head shaped like a Crocodile, perfectly made for a seafood diet. Massive claws like giant fishing hooks and conical teeth would have made Suchomimus a perfect predator of fish, as scales found in fossilised bellies have proven!

Crocodiles share many similar features and have ancestors that were on Earth before dinosaurs even existed! We will focus on Crocodiles and other reptiles today.

Thursday 10 January

Pachyrhinosaurus: Backyard to Bush Farm

Our Fishy Friends!

Today we meet Pachyrhinosaurus, an herbivore related to Triceratops. Instead of horns, this herd animal had bony pads on its head called “bosses” and smaller horns on its frill. Like migrating animals today, Pachyrhinosaurus may have migrated annually to follow food and escape cold winters. 

Goats are also herbivores with hard, bony heads that live in herds so we will visit them and focus on how farms help us today.  

Friday 11 January

Ceolopysis: Tigers

The Fast and the Furious!

This lightly built, hollow boned, long legged Carnivore was perfectly adapted with great speed and agility for chasing down the swiftest of prey. One of the earliest dinosaurs, Ceolopysis was still a top predator of its day. 

Tigers are one of todays’ top predators, but they need our help so will be our focus animal today. 

14 - 25 January 2019 (Week 3)

DateAvailability

Monday 14 January

Quetzalcoatlus: Bird Show

Not technically a dinosaur, and not related to birds at all, Quetzalcoatlus was a Pterosaur or flying reptile. Named after the Aztec feathered serpent god, this giant soared through the skies on warm air currents. The size of a giraffe, the wingspan of 3 Andean Condors, and a long neck and beak, these animals were thought to be scavengers on land not aerial predators.

Andean Condors share similar features to Quetzalcoatlus and will be our focus animal today along with the Bird Show. 

Tuesday 15 January

Dilophosaurus: Koalas

Sometimes seen with a large frilled neck and spitting venom, there is no real evidence to suggest that Dilophosaurus had these features at all, but it is fun to imagine! Today we will myth bust some popular animal stories that might not actually be true at all. 

Koalas are often thought of as sleepy, slow and ‘drunk’ on Eucalyptus but that’s not true at all so Koalas will be our focus animal and we’ll bust that myth today. 

Wednesday 16 January

Brachiosaurus: Elephants

Today we start our adventure with the great herbivores of Taronga. We’ll meet Brachiosaurus, the giants of their age. Eating hundreds of kilos of food a day and swallowing rocks to aid digestion, a Brachiosaurus poop was the size of a small car, imagine cleaning that up!  

Sharing similar features to the Brachiosaurus are our largest living animals at Taronga, Asian Elephants making them our focus animal for the day.

Thursday 17 January

Carnotaurus: Marine Mammals

Let’s meet the great bulls of Taronga today. Carnotaurus had arms even smaller than T-Rex but was one of the most powerful hunters of its time. With an axe like neck, blade like teeth, strange skull crests and lightning speed they share similar features to seals, our focus animals today.

Let’s explore Great Southern Oceans and visit our Seal Show to watch these amazing marine mammals in action today.   

Friday 18 January

Utahraptor: Primates

With feathers & fur, scientists now believe that dinosaurs were not the cold blooded, slow moving reptiles we once thought they were. Raptors had complex behaviours and were very intelligent animals.  A large sickle shaped claw completed a highly skilled predator.

Primates are also very intelligent, making and using tools and living in complex social structures so will be our focus animal today.

21 - 25 January 2019 (Week 4)

DateAvailability

Monday 21 January

Triceratops: Giraffe

Today we meet a very popular dinosaur, Triceratops.  With 3 horns on the forehead, these herd animals had an awesome defence against predators and an amazing display to others of its kind. A sharp beak and teeth made short work of the cretaceous plants of the day.   

Living in herds, sporting multiple horns on the head and a mouth adapted to eat the toughest of plants, Giraffe will be our focus animal today. 

Tuesday 22 January

Tyrannosaurus Rex: Tasmanian Devils

Today we meet the most perfect predator to have ever walked the Earth – T-Rex. The ‘Tyrant Lizard’ has a name well earned - this massive carnivore was a walking mouth on legs. Brandishing sixty dagger-like teeth in a reinforced skull these jaws had the strongest bite force of any other on the planet.

Sharing similar features to T-Rex, Tasmanian Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world and, for their size, have the strongest bite strength of any land animal on the planet so will be our focus animal today.

Wednesday 23 January

Suchomimus: Reptiles

Today we explore the watery depths, looking for fish eating predators lurking below. Suchomimus had a head shaped like a Crocodile, perfectly made for a seafood diet. Massive claws like giant fishing hooks and conical teeth would have made Suchomimus a perfect predator of fish, as scales found in fossilised bellies have proven!

Crocodiles share many similar features and have ancestors that were on Earth before dinosaurs even existed! We will focus on Crocodiles and other reptiles today.

Thursday 24 January

Pachyrhinosaurus: Backyard to Bush Farm

Today we meet Pachyrhinosaurus, an herbivore related to Triceratops. Instead of horns, this herd animal had bony pads on its head called “bosses” and smaller horns on its frill. Like migrating animals today, Pachyrhinosaurus may have migrated annually to follow food and escape cold winters. 

Goats are also herbivores with hard, bony heads that live in herds so we will visit them and focus on how farms help us today.  

Friday 25 January

Quetzalcoatlus: Bird Show

Not technically a dinosaur, and not related to birds at all, Quetzalcoatlus was a Pterosaur or flying reptile. Named after the Aztec feathered serpent god, this giant soared through the skies on warm air currents. The size of a giraffe, the wingspan of 3 Andean Condors, and a long neck and beak, these animals were thought to be scavengers on land not aerial predators.

Andean Condors share similar features to Quetzalcoatlus and will be our focus animal today along with the Bird Show. 

Booking conditions

  • Children must be aged between 5 and 10 years old
  • Zoo Adventurers are to bring their own lunch and snacks
  • Animal experiences are subject to change without notification
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations, although credit may be given where applicable
  • Children must wear a Zoo Adventures t-shirt during their visit so that staff can easily identify children in busy environments