20 episodes

Working at Taronga Zoo is more than just a job - Taronga means family.
The deep connections our staff develop with wildlife and the natural world affects the lives of others, near and far.
From Sydney to Dubbo, Taronga's people all have amazing untold Zoo stories that will touch your heart and open your eyes.
Join our family with Taronga Talks.

Taronga Talks Taronga Zoo

    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0, 103 Ratings

Working at Taronga Zoo is more than just a job - Taronga means family.
The deep connections our staff develop with wildlife and the natural world affects the lives of others, near and far.
From Sydney to Dubbo, Taronga's people all have amazing untold Zoo stories that will touch your heart and open your eyes.
Join our family with Taronga Talks.

    Zoo Life in Lockdown with Cameron Kerr

    Zoo Life in Lockdown with Cameron Kerr

    In our first Taronga Talks episode for 2020, Taronga Conservation Society Australia CEO Cameron Kerr reflects on the enormous change affecting us all during the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 5,000 animals to still care for, ongoing conservation work to help save endangered species and two beautiful Zoos to maintain, there's no such thing as 'hibernation' during lockdown at Taronga!

    • 23 min
    Song and Story with Col Hardy OAM

    Song and Story with Col Hardy OAM

    We were honoured to welcome respected Brewarrina Elder and Australian country music legend Col Hardy OAM to the Taronga Talks studio for a very special conversation. Col's incredible journey to Taronga is carried by his love of music and sacred connection to the land and wildlife. As Education Officer for Taronga's 'Animals of the Dreaming' Zoomobile program, Col now travels all around NSW to bring Dreamtime stories and native animals to life for the next generation - using his musical talent to engage and inspire.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Inquiry and Closure with Dr. Lydia Tong

    Inquiry and Closure with Dr. Lydia Tong

    With an interest in anatomy, the weird and wonderful, and a lifelong affinity with animals - the writing was on the wall for Dr. Lydia Tong to devote her career to science. As Veterinary Pathologist at Taronga Wildlife Hospital, Lydia acts as the 'Zoo's Coroner' - investigating the lives and deaths of animals. She gathers information that helps to improve the welfare of animals in Taronga's care, and even help fight the illegal trade of animals in the wild. Her passion for science and inquiry makes a difference - from providing understanding and closure following mysterious animal deaths, to making discoveries like the elusive gender traits of echidnas.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Radical Optimism with Belinda Fairbrother

    Radical Optimism with Belinda Fairbrother

    Staying positive and solutions-focused keeps Belinda Fairbrother tackling huge global challenges like climate change, every day. Spending her formative years at play in the Aussie bush, Belinda acquired a love and curiosity of nature and animals that led to her studying Environmental Science - and travelling as far as Antarctica - to learn how to protect them. As Community Conservation and Engagement Manager at Taronga Zoo, Belinda works tirelessly to create magic moments that connect Taronga's guests with animals, and to inspire people to Act for the Wild.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Tusk Training with Anthony Dorrian

    Tusk Training with Anthony Dorrian

    Every second weekend during his teens, Anthony Dorrian would help his father with Taronga Zoo's food and manure runs. He jumped at every opportunity to learn and grow as a keeper - first at Taronga Zoo Sydney, then at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, before working abroad in England and Ireland. With over 35 years' experience, Anthony shares his love of ungulates (hooved animals) as Senior Keeper at Taronga Western Plains Zoo - pioneering techniques in Hippopotamus dentistry that continue to amaze guests.

    • 49 min
    Reaching High with Jimmy Sanders

    Reaching High with Jimmy Sanders

    From caring for stray dogs to rehabilitating native wildlife at WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.), Jimmy Sanders was born with an innate love of nature. Taronga Zoo's Chimpanzee Talk inspired him to pursue a career as a Zoo Keeper - unlocking his passion for ungulates (hooved animals) and his life's calling to protect the iconic Giraffe. As Senior Ungulate Keeper at Taronga Zoo Sydney, Jimmy has high hopes for a shared future for Giraffe and people - inspiring individuals to support community-centred conservation projects in Africa.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

oliverbun ,

Wondeful Podcast...I Love It!

Such a great and wonderful podcast and cudos to Hayden and everyone in the Taronga team. I love listening to their stories and it's wonderful to hear the inside thoughts and ideas of everyone who is involved in living & working "For the Wild".

Stregarossa ,

More please :)

Incredible. These talks are a trigger for the Love-Nature switch in many people. I do hope there will be more. There are so many species in the world. Collaborations with other zoos too would be fantastic.

Jezza75 ,

Wow!

My animal loving family and I absolutely love listening! My 13yo daughter from age 4 has only ever wanted to be a Zookeeper when she ‘grows up’. Her love of Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin and David Attenborough began when she was a toddler. Since this was my dream I didn’t pursue , I’m more than happy to encourage this! Thankyou for letting our family into your ‘Taronga Family’ for a little while 💚

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