Sustainability

Sustainability

Taronga embeds sustainability at the core of our activities. We prioritise ecological sustainability for the protection of our natural environment and to act as a model for others.

Taronga Green regularly organise clean ups in the local area.
Taronga Green regularly organise clean ups in the local area.

Our sustainability commitment

Taronga is committed to reducing the impact of our Zoos operation through a process of continual improvement, and by integrating sustainable objectives and practices into everything we do.

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Taronga Green regularly organise clean ups in the local area.
Savannah Function Centre
Savannah Function Centre

Sustainable energy

Taronga is committed to reducing fossil fuel, grid-based electricity consumption, which is responsible of over half of our total carbon footprint.

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Savannah Function Centre
Beach debris
Beach debris

Waste management

Taronga is committed to the conservation of wildlife through environmental sustainability. Some of our key achievements in sustainable waste and litter management at Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo include food waste, e-waste, general litter, plastic bottles, takeaway packaging and straws, coffee cups, balloons, plastic bags and sauce sachets.

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Beach debris
Marine turtles
Marine turtles

Water management

Taronga works continuously to identify water saving opportunities at both its Zoos, by recycling and reusing water, and reducing the use of fresh water.

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Marine turtles
Taronga supports Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification
Taronga supports Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification

Responsible sourcing

Taronga has a strong stance on environmental sustainability, animal welfare and conservation associated with food products it sells and serves at its various food outlets, functions and events.

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Taronga supports Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification
Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Taronga Institute of Science and Learning

Ecologically sustainable buildings

Buildings and major infrastructure have a significant impact on the environment during demolition, construction and on an ongoing basis during operations. At Taronga, we incorporate Ecologically Sustainable Design principles in all new developments.

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Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Taronga being awarded Gold partnership status
Taronga being awarded Gold partnership status

Gold membership

In 2017, Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo were awarded gold partnership status under the Office of Environment and Heritage’s 'Sustainable Advantage' program.  

The gold status recognizes and showcases our efforts for outstanding environmental achievement, leadership and strong commitment to operate in a manner which is more environmentally attuned.  

Taronga is the 11th organization and the second government institution to have achieved this leading status. 

Taronga being awarded Gold partnership status