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.
Celebrating 60 – A Chimpanzee Special
It's been an exciting time for Taronga Zoo's chimpanzee group, and for chimpanzee research being conducted around the world. Taronga celebrated the 60th birthday of matriarch chimpanzee 'Spitter' this month, along with the 60th anniversary of Dr Jane Goodall's ground-breaking chimpanzee research project in Gombe, Tanzania on World Chimpanzee Day.
Join us for a very special Taronga Talk, where we take a virtual tour around the world to hear from our passionate primate keepers past and present, our CEO Cameron Kerr, along with the incredible Dr Jane Goodall to celebrate this milestone!
Hear from our special guests:
· 00:01:31 - Primate Keepers Katie Hooker & Paul Davies in Taronga's Chimpanzee House
· 00:24:36 - Debbie Cox live from Liberia in West Africa
· 00:47:07 - Dr. Jane Goodall live from the UK
· 01:12:36 - Cameron Kerr, CEO of Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Penguin Quest with Jo Walker
When Senior Marine Keeper Jo Walker started at Taronga Zoo, she was instantly spellbound by penguins. She fell in love with the look and inquisitive nature of this unusual bird, and was fascinated by their need to survive on both the land and sea. Her passion for penguins was ignited in Antarctica, beginning her life's quest to see every single species of penguin in the wild.
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!
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.
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.
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.