Junior Keepers

Junior Keepers

A day in the life of a Zookeeper.

Junior Keepers is a specially designed hands-on day for children aged 8 - 11 years old who are keen to work with animals or in the conservation field when they grow up.

About the program

Guided by our team of experienced and dedicated staff, small groups of up to 15 participants will learn the daily routines and responsibilities of a Taronga Keeper. Through a range of interactive activities and special behind the scenes visits, Junior Keeper participants will have up close encounters with some of Taronga’s Australian Native animals and learn how to care for and protect them into the future. 


  • $150 per child: includes Zoo entry for child program, program t-shirt and one (1) adult zoo admission on the date of child participating in the program

What to bring

We will provide participants with their own t-shirt but they will need to bring a packed lunch and refillable water bottle for the day.

You will also need to ensure that your Junior Keeper has clothes that you won't mind them getting dirty, closed toe shoes and weather appropriate items e.g. hat, sunglasses, rain jacket etc.

Available dates

Bookings are open. 

15 people maximum per booking NOTE: availability updated Monday to Friday
Saturday 8 April 2023FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 11 April 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 15 April 2023FULLY BOOKED
Thursday 20 April 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 29 April 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 6 May 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 20 May 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 27 May 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 10 June 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 17 June 2023FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 1 July 2023FULLY BOOKED
Thursday 6 July 2023Available
Tuesday 11 July 20231 space available 
Saturday 15 July 2023Available
Saturday 22 July 2023Available
Saturday 29 July 2023Available


Booking conditions

Please ensure you read and understand the conditions prior to booking. For more information please email keeperforaday@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

    The Junior Keepers Program:

    • Requires a moderate level of fitness and good mobility
    • Is for children aged between eight to 11 years of age
    • Taronga staff and volunteers are COVID-19 vaccinated however Junior Keepers will be interacting with unvaccinated children and guests throughout the day.
    • Is an all-weather experience and will ordinarily proceed in the event of inclement weather
    • May include entering an environment housing animals which involves a degree of unpredictability and therefore risk of injury occurring
    • Is at my own risk and without any liability attached to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, including any injury to the child/children or damage to their property
    • Requires the child/children to take direction from Keeper for a Day Hosts regarding photographs and video taken on any device, and understand that some photos may be restricted from social media platforms
    • Requires the child/children to take direction from Keeper for a Day Hosts to comply with Taronga’s COVID-19 Safety Plan
    • Must not be attended by a child/children if they feel unwell or have flu like symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath) and acknowledge that they will be excluded from the program and Taronga Zoo if they attend when unwell or with flu like symptoms
    • Bookings are non-refundable but can be rescheduled or transferred in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of Taronga
    • Program activities and schedules are subject to change without notice
    • Taronga reserves the right to cancel the Junior Keepers Program at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters or in the event of severe weather. In the unlikely event that this situation occurs, Taronga will contact me as soon as practicable to notify me and reschedule my booking
    • Taronga cannot guarantee a nut-free environment (please contact us for further information)
    • If the program participant has a known allergy that causes an anaphylactic reaction upon exposure to that allergen, that participant must disclose this information to Taronga prior to participation on the Keeper for a Day program.  The participant is required to supply and carry an EpiPen throughout the duration of the program.  A medical action plan also needs to be provided to ensure Taronga staff are provided with clear instructions in response management.

    Note: One (1) adult zoo admission can only be redeemed on the date the child is participating on the Junior Keepers program. This cannot be redeemed before or after this date.