Taronga’s Wild Squad Zoo Adventurers is a fun, educational holiday program for children aged between five to 10 years of age, where they are taken on an exciting zoo journey, learning about animals and the environments they live in.

This unique school holiday program provides children with engaging experiences whilst being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the zoo and the animals that live here.  Your children will be amazed and excited as they join in animal themed activities and meet our wonderful keepers who care for the animals that live at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

   

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Wild Squad ZOO ADVENTURERS July Winter Holidays - Now Open

 Every Zoo Adventure day includes all of the following favourites:

  • Sky Safari Cable Car – soar like the stars of our bird show on a fantastic aerial journey over the zoo. How many animals do you think we can find from above?
  • Interactive Animal Encounters – our Zoo Adventures guides and keepers will introduce you to some of their favourite animals through up close, educational animal encounters.
  • Photo Keepsake – as part of our Zoo adventures package each Adventurer will take home a photo memento of their day at Taronga with one of our amazing animals.
  • Meet a Keeper Experience – a main highlight of the day, exploring the Zoo through the eyes of a keeper and learn how they look after the animals in their care. From tallest to shortest, biggest to smallest, from carnivores to piscivores & feathers, fur & fins we have a new area of the Zoo to explore each day!
  • Seal Show or QBE Free-Flight Bird Showour knowledgeable keeper’s showcase the animals natural behaviours and impressive adaptations. These world-class shows are a favourite amongst the Adventurers!
  • Interactive Playground and Exploration – leap like a lemur, swing like a gibbon, climb like a sun bear, slither like a snake or splash like a seal in our different interactive playground areas. Catering to all skill levels; let Zoo Adventurers explore their super powers!  
  • Daily Missions - experience new exciting missions & challenges for a unique & thrilling Zoo Adventure!
  • Professional, enthusiastic, fun loving staff to assist and enhance your Zoo Adventurers experience. 

 

To book your spot:  

  • Download a booking form at the bottom of this webpage (Word document and PDF versions available).
  • See our program dates and themes below.
  • Choose a date that suits your Adventurer and fill out the form
  • Email your completed form to education@zoo.nsw.gov.au Successful applicants will be e-mailed a confirmation of their place.

 

WEEK 1:  

MONDAY  9TH JULY

Meerkat Magic!

 

Meet a Keeper experience – Meerkats

 

Big fun comes in small packages as we start our Winter holidays visiting some of the cutest residents of Taronga. Keepers will teach us all about the wonderful world of Meerkats and how they care for them. We will also visit many other animals that call Africa home.

TUESDAY 10TH JULY

Dare Devils!

 

Meet a Keeper experience – Tassie Devils

 

Not really devils at all, these amazing animals are in fact very shy and need our help. Breeding is a very important part of the Zoo today we meet the Keepers that are working very hard indeed to make sure that we are breeding healthy Tasmanian Devils for future release into the wild. We will also explore other native animals in a day of Australian Adventure.

 

WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY

Fantastic Farms!

 

Meet a Keeper experience – B2B Farmyard

 

Today we visit Backyard to Bush to meet the animals of the farm. Goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, Alpacas and ducks await us, and of course what is a farmyard without the barn and vegetable patch to explore as well. Today is the chance for those in the city to learn what life is all about on the farm. We will meet a Keeper and join in a range of activities that Zoo Adventures will just love!

 

THURSDAY 12TH JULY

Free Flight Fun!

 

Meet a Keeper experience –Birds

 

Today we meet our awesome trainers and watch them work their magic with the most beautiful birds you can imagine!  Learn some tips on how you can train your pets at home, as we explore the different bird habitats within the Zoo today and discover other feathered friends along the way!

 

FRIDAY 13TH JULY

Creatures of the Night!


Meet a Keeper Experience – Nocturnal House

 

While you're sleeping, thousands of animals are creeping... but what are they up to? Using just a little magic, we'll get right up close to some Nocturnal animals, and learn about the adaptations that make night time the right time. We will also explore all the secret areas of the Zoo where nocturnal animals may be hiding, Shhh.... they are very shy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 2:  

MONDAY 16TH JULY

Elephant Excitement!

 

Meet a Keeper experience – Elephants

 

 

Let’s celebrate with a big day of fun with our elephant keepers. Learn how they care for the largest residents of Taronga and explore our Wild Asia Area.  How many animals of the rainforests can we find and how can we protect them?

 

TUESDAY 17TH JULY

Incredible Insects!

 

Meet a Keeper experience – Minibeasts

 

 

Today comes alive as Adventurers explore the awesome world of minibeasts. Learn all about invertebrates, the amazing super powers they possess and the part they play in our natural world. If you look very carefully, how many do you think we can find today?

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY

Splish, Splash!

 

Meet a Keeper experience – Marine Mammals

 

Even though it’s Winter it’s still wet and wild for our Marine Mammals Keepers and the animals that call Great Southern Oceans home!  Lets’ explore the depths of an underwater world and talk to our amazing trainers about the Seals in our Show. We will also learn what we can do to help care for our sea faring friends.

THURSDAY 19TH JULY

Snakes Alive!

 

Meet a Keeper experience – Reptiles

 

What do Snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles all have in common? They are all reptiles! Let’s meet some of these reptilian friends and talk to the Keepers about how they care for all these different animals in a day of slimy, scaly, slithery adventure!

 

FRIDAY 20TH JULY

The Dreaming

 

Meet a Keeper Experience – Living on the Land

 

Today we celebrate the connections of the land as we explore Taronga.  Learn how to live with the land as we explore the food, medicine, stories, art and animals that our wonderful land has to share. If we care for nature we care for ourselves and each other.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions for Bookings:

How do I make a booking for Zoo Adventures?

Bookings will open approximately a month before the school holiday period. When bookings open, you'll find a booking form to download below. (Word document and PDF versions available). When bookings open a calendar of dates and themes will be found above. Choose a date that suits your Adventurer. Fill out the form and email to education@zoo.nsw.gov.au Successful applicants will be e-mailed a confirmation of their place as soon as possible.

Please be patient and do not send multiple copies of your form as this can lead to errors in the booking process. Our booking system isn't automated, and with Zoo Adventures being an extremely popular program with a high volume of applications it can take us approximately a week to confirm your spot. 

 

What if I have a friend who wants to attend on the same day? 

Due to health and safety reasons and to ensure your child has the best time possible, numbers are strictly limited. The best way for us to guarrantee the friend and child will be attending the same day is to submit a joint booking form with both children's names on the same form. This way they're processed at the same time and have a greater chance of being accepted together. There is space on the booking form for up to four children. If you have more names, you can simply fill out another booking form. 

 

What if the day I want is booked out? 

We're sorry but unfortunately if a date is booked out, we are unable to admit any other children due to strict Work Health and Safety reasons. We'll always get in touch with you to offer you another date if available. 

We will update this page regularly to inform you as soon as possible if a date is filling up or booked out. 

 

Can I come in with the kids on the day?

Sorry, 5-10 year olds only!

Parent's are welcome to visit the Zoo but you'll need to buy a ticket from admissions. Please note whilst you may occassionally see the kids when they're out on Zoo grounds, you won't be able to follow them while they're on the program as they also go to restricted the behind the scenes areas. This is also a matter of child safety. 

Other options for parents while the kids attend Zoo Adventures are to visit the local shops and cafes, (there's even a few day spa's around the corner should you need a bit of relaxation!), or the National Park down the road. There's also a beach nearby if it's a sunny day! 

 

Why do I have to purchase a t-shirt? 

First time Zoo Adventurers must purchase a t-shirt. The Zoo Adventures t-shirt is a safety measure that is compulsory for all attendees. Taronga Zoo can be a very busy place with thousands of visitors a day. The Zoo Adventures t-shirt helps our staff locate your child in a large crowd. It also helps our in-grounds staff recognise the group for permission to special behind the scenes and restricted areas.  If your child does not wear their safety t-shirt, they may not be allowed into the Zoo. 

The t-shirt is listed as a separate cost so that previous attendees who already have a t-shirt do not need to purchase another one.  T-shirts should be purchased at the time of booking. 

 

Are the kids guaranteed a set animal exerience on the day? 

Unfortunately we are unable to guaranntee any set animal Meet a Keeper experiences or Zoo Adventure themed activities on any given day. Due to the ever-changing nature of the Zoo environment it is sometimes necessary to make last minute changes without warning. The above itinerary is maintained as rigorously as possible but is subject to change without notice.  Taronga assumes no liability for changes without notice.

 

More questions?

E-mail us at education@zoo.nsw.gov.au 

We look forward to seeing your Zoo Adventurer's at Taronga!

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Details

Date:
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, April 27, 2018 - 15:30
Cost:
Zoo Adventures days @ $69 per day (9.00am - 3.30pm) Extended supervision @ $28 per session (Morning: 8.00am - 9am, Afternoon: 3.30-5.00pm) Zoo Adventures t-shirt/s @ $15 each
Location:
Taronga Zoo, Sydney
What to bring:
Zoo Adventures Program: Packed Lunch, Hat, Wet weather gear in case of rain, Sunscreen, Water Bottle.