Institute Tours

Behind the scenes science

Discover what really happens behind the scenes at one of Sydney’s most important scientific institutions -Taronga Conservation Society, Australia.

During the Sydney Science Festival, we are opening the doors to the public and invite you to explore science behind the scenes at the brand new Taronga Institute of Science & Learning. 

Guided tours will include a briefing on the facility and the programs facilitated through the Taronga Institute’s five working labs including a Frozen Zoo, where coral cells are being cultivated that could be used to re-seed the reef in the future.

During the tour, guests will also visit the new immersive classrooms. These amazing learning spaces mimic the geography and climate of different habitats: Rainforest, Arid and Woodlands and includes an animal encounter.

Our vision is to ‘secure a shared future for wildlife and people’ and our holistic approach to conservation considers communities, habitats and wildlife as the key to a more sustainable world. Our commitment to the future of conservation science and education has culminated in the development of the new Taronga Institute of Science & Learning, a world-first, purpose-built, state of the art facility that will house the largest conservation science team of any zoo in the southern hemisphere. 

Entry to tour the Taronga Institute is free for guests that have purchased a ticket to Taronga Zoo and who have registered for a tour. Please note we are limited to four immersive classroom experiences per day and a maximum of 60 people per tour, to ensure the well-being of the animals that live within the immersive habitat classrooms.

Resgister for a tour here.

Take a look at the other free events at Taronga Zoo Sydney during the Sydney Science Festival:

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Status Critical: A Conservation Challenge


Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00
Taronga Zoo, Sydney
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Tour times: 10am, 11:30am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm.