2018 Theme - "For the Love of Birds"

Taronga’s QBE Free Flight Bird Show began 20 years ago as an initiative by a passionate team of Taronga Bird Keepers. Taronga and these keepers embarked on a mission to share their love of birds and wildlife with our Zoo Friends, guests and the community. The key is the limit in this truly unique presentation, where both exotic birds free fly against the stunning and iconic backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

Birds are all around us. In Australia we are spoilt with a rich and equally fascinating variety of feathered friends taking to the skies. No matter, where you are from, or where you live, every day there’s an opportunity to connect and see remarkable birds when we take the time to stop and pay attention.

At Taronga our cause is For the Wild. By caring for the wild we are for ourselves and each other. The “wild” isn’t always a destination far away from where YOU are – the “wild” can be right in your own backyard!  What awesome Aves do you see in your “wild”? Think about their colours, their feathers, their patterns, their beaks, their eyes and their wings as they take flight. Use the birds in your “wild” as your inspiration for Taronga’s 2018 QBE Schools Banner Competition.  

Thanks to our partnership with QBE, Taronga is running a schools banner competition where the winning designs will decorate Taronga Zoo during July this year!

“For the Love of Birds” This is the theme for this year’s competition and we encourage all students to submit colourful and creative entries. And please make sure you describe your piece of “for the love of birds” art in 50 words or less on the entry form.

Entry is open to all NSW school students from ES1, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4.

Winners will also receive FREE entry for their whole class to visit Taronga Zoo Sydney, experience the world class QBE Free Flight Bird Show and a special Behind the Scenes experience.